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Being Fairtrade, our soy beans and rice are grown on small family owned farms. Our farmers are providing for their family with only a few acres of farmland. This image shows soy beans being planted in Thailand at one of our farms. The hole receiving the seed is made with a wood stick. With two beans deposited in each hole, a simple straw broom will be used to cover the hole enough to prevent birds from eating the seed, but not enough to prevent rain from getting to the seed.
Fairtrade Organic ginger is also grown in India. The ginger is being grown in a small field just outside the "jungle" like area. Our average farm size in India is just over 3 acres. The largest farm is about 5 acres, the smallest is half an acre. It's not much land, but every inch is used. There are often a couple of cows, chickens, a turkey or two. Many of the farms are mixed in with National Reserve Land, upon which wild elephants are a protected species. The elephants do not distinguish between "reserve land" and our farm land. And, yes, if a farmer has a run in with an elephant, it's covered by healthcare!
Our spices and soy sauce are certified by Fairtrade Canada, what does this mean?
It means that they were purchased at a fair price from a cooperative owned by the farmers, ensuring the farmers get full benefit from their produce. In addition to the price, a premium was paid to the cooperative and is invested by the farmers in social, environmental and economic development projects. More information on Fairtrade is available at Fairtrade.ca