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We can choose all kinds of food to satisfy our hunger and excite our taste buds, but which ones are actually good for us and the environment?

In the midst of the pandemic, we ought to be extra careful in choosing the foods we consume; and plant-based foods may be the answer we’re looking for. Aside from the nutritious facts that plant-based foods lowers the risk of heart disease, these particular foods are also known to be more environmentally friendly and therefore, more sustainable.

As the term suggests, plant-based foods focus on ingredients primarily sourced from plants, ie fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, whole grains and oil.

Contrary to popular belief, however, those who incorporate plant-based foods in their diets are not necessarily completely averse to meat products; instead, they simply increase the portion of plant-based meals served on their plates. Nevertheless, increased exposure to plant-based meals often leads to a significant change in one’s general diet.

It’s a day to be happy! The United Nations (UN) has proclaimed March 20 as the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of three key aspects that will lead to human well-being and happiness: reducing inequality, ending poverty, and protecting our planet.

For APRIL, happy employees are crucial to our business. Celebrating this day, we spoke to five of our employees to learn how they find happiness at APRIL.

APRIL Group’s commitment to the long term conservation and restoration of forest landscapes was highlighted during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month. Speaking on a panel titled ‘Building a Net-Zero, Nature-Positive Economy’, RGE Managing Director Anderson Tanoto provided an update on the company’s investment in its restoration programs and shared his thoughts on the need for integrated approaches to climate change and nature loss mitigation.

The panel discussion also featured UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen, China Society for Finance and Banking’s Chairman of the Green Finance Committee Ma Jun, Federal Minister of Climate Change and Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Malik Amin Aslam, and Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan. 

Anderson Tanoto touched on a variety of topics concerning the opportunities and challenges in how businesses can positively impact nature. Referencing APRIL Group’s US$100 million commitment to conservation and restoration, announced at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, Anderson Tanoto explained this unprecedented commitment demonstrated the company’s efforts to tie business together with nature as capital. This commitment involves matching the areas of forest conservation and restoration with the plantations owned by APRIL, in line with the company’s production-protection model.

During this pandemic era, honey has become one of the go-to products for health supplements, thanks to its nutritious ingredients for maintaining endurance and a myriad of other health benefits.

The sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees is rich in vitamin and antioxidants to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. No wonders, honey-based treatment is widely applied to treat a number of ailments, such as coughs, digestive problems to heart health.

Being a tropical country, Indonesia has abundance variety of honey like Sialang Honey found in Riau Province, Sumatra.