Bexhill Fair Trade Group learned about the cost of farming Brazil nuts in the Amazon when it took part in One World Week.
The group received a visit from campaigner Helen Long from Liberation, the UK’s only farmer-owned Fairtrade nut company.
Jack Doherty, Chair of Bexhill Fairtrade Town Group, said: “The message was beautifully and interestingly exemplified by the story of Brazil Nuts from the Amazon Forest in Bolivia.
“The trees are scattered randomly in the vast forest as they cannot be farmed. hence the nuts have to be searched for and gathered over a wide area. This means groups leaving home villages for weeks , living roughly and carrying the heavy basket loads of nuts through difficult terrain.
“Liberation Foods company gives them a fair deal and conditions with support for their work and products. The gatherers tell us that the Fairtrade effect has elevated them from being slaves.
“Not only are these nut gatherers rewards justly and fairly but they are also shareholders in the company and also share the profits.
Lesley Shareif and Jack Doherty were pleased to meet and chat with Juan Reyes, the manager of many of the Coperatives in Bolivia.
Lesley said: “He was so passionate about the whole venture, not just for the crop and environment but to produce the best healthiest varieties of the nuts for us to enjoy and consume.”
Juan Reyes said: “We live in one world, not three; look after it organically and together we can change it for the better nut by nut”
Nuts are available from Traidcraft stockists and look for the Fairtrade logo on some of Tesco nuts.
Bexhill received Fairtrade Town Status in 2007 . For more information about some of the cafés and restaurants using/serving Fairtrade products visit the Discover Bexhill website: www.discoverbexhill.com.
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