All Good Fairtrade Bananas, New Zealand’s only Fairtrade certified bananas, are sourced from a small cooperative of over 400 family owned farms called El Guabo in Ecuador. Fairtrade helps these smaller farmers lift themselves out of poverty by guaranteeing that the minimum price paid for their produce is above the average local cost of production. It guarantees them a fair deal, safe and fair working conditions and a decent standard of living.
Fairtrade also means a Fairtrade premium is invested back into community initiatives in El Guabo to support the growers, workers and their families, including health care, education and sustainable agricultural practices. The distribution of this premium in the community is decided upon democratically by the farmers themselves.
El Guabo is also one of the oldest Fairtrade certified exporters in the world and has 300 farms producing organic certified fruit. Control Union is the organic certifier used by El Guabo. Organic bananas are grown without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. El Guabo farmers use organic fertilisers made from the by-products from the local farms and industry including harvested and processed coca (coffee), rice grasses, ash and local soil. Integrated pest management systems encourage biodiversity and farmers either weed by hand or mulch in order to prevent weeds.
All Good Organics is a 100% New Zealand owned and operated business and believes in healthy eating with a healthy conscience.
Visit their website www.allgoodbananas.co.nz to find out more.