“In the past, all of the trees were cut down so that the planes could fly overhead and drop the fungicides on the banana plants. We used a lot of pesticides and insecticides and lost the wildlife and insects. It was terrible because we were interrupting lifecycles and affecting the whole ecosystem. Our health also suffered. I used to have problems breathing, aches and pains and marks on my skin. Everything changed for us when we entered El Guabo. Fairtrade bans most of the agrochemicals and moves toward organic production. Since we became fully organic we have felt it financially because we used to produce 1,500 boxes of bananas a week but now we only produce around 900 boxes. I think consumers should know this and appreciate that it really is worth them paying a bit more for organic bananas. For me it is worth sacrifices though because I live a healthy life here with my family. I also think Ecuador should be looked upon as the lungs of the Earth. We have the Amazon rainforest, the mountains and most people here live off the land. If more consumers are willing to buy organic and Fairtrade bananas, then the impact we have here on the environment would be less and people would be able to live more easily.”
Abel Fairtrade farmer – Equador
Passage from The Fair Trade Revolution
I brought some beautiful organic vegetables from the market in the weekend, freshly picked and beautiful looking too.
As I was cooking them today I was thinking about the grower and I thanked them out loud as I prepared the wonderful food.
Thanked them for growing the beautiful produce, for choosing to grow organic, for becoming certified, for taking the time and the care to grow amazing nutrient dense food.
Then as I went about my day I thanked others out loud – producers of natural sustainable products I use, the people who choose to sell these products, organic farmers, people who are doing their bit to make the world a better place.
It was such a nice practice and made me realise all the wonderful people and the things they are doing for us and the planet. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the doom & gloom but take the time to think of those creating positive change in the world. Thank them as you think about them, thank them in person or in email, or thank them on social media. Show your appreciation for what they are doing or creating.
Let me know in th comments below Who do you have to thank today?
‘ The Cardiff researchers found that on average the organic production of raw food required 67% less energy than conventional methods of agriculture. The argument that organic farming could not produce enough food is often brought up by the manufacturers who, unsurprisingly, want the world to stick to chemical agriculture and to use genetically engineered crops – especially those engineered to have a longer shelf life and to look attractive on the supermarket shelves. But a paper from the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley cites the results of many trials in various countries demonstrating that , in practice, organic farming yields are comparable with those from conventional chemical agriculture, so it seems likely that organic farming could provide enough food.’
An excerpt from Time to eat the dog – The real guide to sustainable living