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On the occasion of the celebration of World Water Day, we want to talk you about the importance of managing water resources in agriculture, as well as exposing some technical reasons why we started with aloe vera in our priviledged Natura 2000 Network farm located in southeast Spain.

Aloe requires few water resources, dry environments with moderate thermal amplitude, and abundant hours of direct sunlight per year. Finding these basic requirements simultaneously is not that easy in continental Europe, where the demand for quality organic aloe vera products is constantly increasing.

Our farm is located in southeast Spain, near the town of Águilas (Murcia), where the conjunction of these factors is a reality that favors organic aloe vera farming, an alternative for a sustainable development of agriculture in the region.

The main enemies of aloe are frost and excess humidity, therefore, the main climatic factors that affect the cultivation of aloe vera are:

  1. Pluviometry. The arid and semi-arid areas of southeastern Spain are characterized by prolonged periods of drought and low rainfall. The rainy season usually embraces the months of September to May, with an annual rainfall average of 275 mm of rain spread over approximately 31 days (source: climate-data.org). The climate of Águilas (Murcia) is hot-desert, following the Köppen BSh climate classification.
  2. Temperatures. The annual temperature average is high (19.7ºC) and the thermal range is moderate, which is another fundamental aspect that favors aloe cultivation. This plant is characterized by its high content of polysaccharides, reaching its maximum splendor thanks to the more than 300 days of sunshine per year that we enjoy in our growing region.

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Our project contributes to keeping the lands of the Mediterranean regions of southeastern Spain productive, in a climate change scenario where the adaptation of crops to the scarcity of water resources is more than necessary. ATALAYA BIO organic and biodynamic aloe vera is project of present and future for the region. We grow our aloe vera plants in a unique and privileged enclave of continental Europe, where the demand for local ingredients by the cosmetic industry and that of food supplements is constantly increasing.

Having Canary Islands climate in continental Europe, give us the advantage of being closer to the European market, with less carbon footprint and easier shipment. So now that you know where our products come from, go visit our shop and place your order!

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What is Natura 2000 Network?

Natura 2000 Network is a network of conservation areas for biodiversity in the European Union. This network has two types of protected areas: SPA - Special Protection Area, established accordingly to the Birds Directive and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) designed accordingly to the Habitat Directive. Its purpose is to ensure the European's most endangered species and their habitat survival in the long term. It contributes to halting the loss of biodiversity caused by human activity and is the main tool to preserve nature across the European Union.

The need to preserve those areas

Aware of the need to preserve the protected natural areas in which our activity takes place, we decided to grow organic aloe vera, (with the regional government's approval). The main reasons to choose this crop were:

  • Plant with low water needs, that adapt well to semi-arid land and translate in more efficient use of water resources.
  • Aloe vera is organic per se.

At ATALAYA BIO, we believe in the fundamental importance of the sustainable development in these sensitive surroundings with a large biodiversity, achieved by implementing only good environmentally friendly farming practices. For example, we plant in a density of 6,000plants/ha, against many industrial plantations of up to 30,000plants/ha. We do so to allow other protected species to flourish, as -for example- the spur-thighed tortoise, which breed and lays its eggs between aloes.

Benefits for the consumer

The main benefits form the products grown in the Natura 2000 Network areas are:

  • Purity, since the plantation surroundings are not in contact with any source of pollution.
  • Quality guarantee.
  • Its sales help us keep developing sustainable farming and fighting threats in those protected areas, so ensuring its continuity.

Did you know that ATALAYA BIO is the only organic aloe vera plantation of Europe in Natura 2000 Network?

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In a plot of aloe with a thick vegetal mantle (the so-called "weeds" we prefer to call "adventitious herbs") on May 8, 2017 we discovered that a partridge had made its nest in the shelter of an aloe plant. She was brooding ...

… her 13 eggs!!

ATALAYA BIO aloes are grown in the most natural way, and as they say "a picture paints a thousand words". Our agricultural practices are aimed at promoting the biodiversity of the environment. Tell your friends that completely natural aloe plantations committed to the conservation of nature exist. Share these images.

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