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06/09/16

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Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/25/172892327/oxfam-gives-big-food-companies-bad-behavior-grades

End Human Trafficking in Assam, India

• India: The KASAM (Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing) Co-operative was set up to trade fairly with, and help to educate, the Kuttia Kondh tribe, who have, for some time, grown and exported high quality organic turmeric

The turmeric has now been certified as organic by SKAL, the Dutch equivalent of the British Soil Association.

Trading turmeric is vital to the welfare of more than 12,000 subsistence farmers in a region where the average family plot is only around one third of a hectare. The Khandamal region of Orissa, in Eastern India, is the poorest region of the second poorest state of India (after Bihar)

The high quality, sun dried turmeric is processed and graded within a co-op-owned factory, and is exported worldwide. The original co-operative expanded rapidly to include further items, and is now known as
The Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India, TRIFED
The Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India has similar objectives

Science Confirms Turmeric is as Effective as 14 Drugs

Popular 30-day Raw Food Diet from India involving Turmeric

• World Raw Food Day 2016 is in June

Tea Co-operatives in India
October 2007: In an edition of the "Food Programme" on BBC Radio 4, the tea co-operative run by the Kilimanjaro Native Co-operative Union, was featured. The KNCU, founded in 1924 is Africa's oldest Coffee Co-operative. Tea growers are now included

The CPF Producers Foundation works with 280,000 tea, cocao and coffee farmers

Rooting Out Modern Slavery in the Coffee Supply Chain

365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy (Paperback) by James Delingpole
No 218 is a page on Fair Trade Coffee

• Article on fair trade coffee in Nicaragua written for USA Today by a friend of Jacyntha's who initially took a year out of university to actively promote the project

• West London: "In Defence of Fair Trade" Chiswick Churches for Justice and Peace discussion on "Coffee Bean Wars"

• Rwanda: The Abahuzamugumbi Co-operative consists of smallholder farmers in the South of that country. They grow, and now process, high-grade coffee under the trade name of Roasters Union Coffee. They own an excellent Roasters Co-operative Coffee shop near Mile End Underground station in East London
Union Coffee Roasters Co-operative, The New Roastery, Unit 2, 7a, South Crescent, E16 4TL tel: 020 7474 8990

Listen to a Ugandan farmer explaining the advantages of Fair Trade Coffee

Coffee Science: How to make the best ...

Cooking with Coffee: 60 Recipes Using Fair Trade Coffee (New Internationalist Fairtrade Cookbooks) (Paperback)

Calon Wen is a diary Co-op owned by over 20 farming families from across Wales. It was the first dairy in the UK to achieve the Soil Association Ethical Trade Symbol

• Honey

• Honey is being made in the Washington White House

In Berlin Bringing Bees Back to the Heart of the City

• Zambia: 2,000 beekeepers in the tropical miombo forests in NW Zambia joined together to form a co-operative. Now their organic honey is marketed in the UK by David Wainwright

Bees are sick, the EPA is stuck. Time for Congress!

We rely on bees, and they're relying on us ...
Primarily aimed at residents of the US and Canada, but other areas or countries could instigate local schemes too

• (US) Government tyranny
Illinois Department of Agriculture
secretly destroys beekeeper's bees and 15 years of research
proving Monsanto's Roundup kills bees

French authorities plan to ban a pesticide made by the Swiss company Syngenta, after scientists said the pesticide’s use could be linked to colony collapse disorder amongst bees

• • • PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL honey can be lethal if given to babies

• Olive Oil Olive Oil Co-operatives

• In the UK Zaytoun Fair Trade Olive Oil can be bought from most Oxfam shops. Producing this oil helps Palestian Farming families

• Award-winning Peace Olive Oil is produced in Israel by Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin working together in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains. It is sold through a registered UK charity, and in the pre-Christmas Card Aid shops. The profits are used to support peace and reconciliation work in the Middle East

Olive Branch is an Award Winning British Fine Foods Company, making artisan products on the Island of Crete. These include Extra Virgin Olive Oil made at a community co-operative; the revolutionary Olive Oil Jam and a series of aged Vinegars. Facebook

• World Raw Food Day 2016 is in June



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