When it comes to supplements, Nutrilite is different – and that’s a good thing. Today, we’re the only brand to grow, harvest, and process plants on our own certified organic farms (Euromonitor International Limited). By doing so, we capture phytonutrients, or nutrients from plants, at their peak.
So where do these phytonutrients come from? Where exactly are these certified organic farms? In the first installment of “Farm in Focus” we’ll share more information about one of our Nutrilite farm, Fazenda Nutriorganica.
Our farm in Ubajara, Brazil
Purchased by Nutrilite in 1998, Fazenda Nutriorganica is located in the city of Ubajara, Brazil, just 3° south of the equator. At 1,269 hectares (3,136 acres) it is the largest Nutrilite farm, and it is certified 100% organic.
Why go to the trouble and expense of organic farming?
Plants produce phytonutrients as a defense mechanism against pests and disease. When crops are sprayed with chemicals that defend the plants, they don’t have to work as hard to produce phytonutrients and the result is less-nutritious produce.
Owning and maintaining control over our Nutrilite farms ensures that our supplements contain high-quality ingredients.
What we grow at Fazenda Nutriorganica
- Acerola Cherries
- Passion Fruit
The source of Nutrilite’s natural ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
The acerola cherry is one of the highest yielding plants for Vitamin C in the world. Each cherry, when ripe, has 3 ½% of its weight made up by Vitamin C. These cherries provide 100% of Nutrilite’s need for the natural ascorbic acid used in Nutrilite products.
Fazenda Nutriorganica’s main crop is acerola cherries. The climate at this farm is ideal for growing them year-round. Each acerola cherry tree can produce 80 kilos of cherries a year. Farm-wide that translates to over 300 million kilos of fruit produced each year!
The farm in Brazil is a mixed farm, as they also have 300 head of cattle. The manure from the cattle is used to make compost that is specially formulated for the types of crops that are grown at the farm. Most plant pest and disease problems are solved preventively by providing balanced organic nutrients to ensure strong, healthy growth.
Additionally, the NUTRICERT certification program ensures that all farms supplying botanical materials to Nutrilite adhere to our farming philosophy.