Thoughts on Fair Trade Tropical Produce

We work hard to bring you fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers that are passionate about the environment and their work. Our ultimate goal is to make the grocery store trip obsolete. Tom introduced the dairy and protein shares to have all the fresh, delicious ingredients necessary for a meal. There’s just one thing that keeps us coming back to the grocery store, and that’s tropical fruit. Those chorizo tacos with homemade salsa just aren’t the same without guacamole. And as much as we love a yogurt parfait, a banana smoothie just hits the spot.

So it’s with banana on the brain that we started exploring ethical and sustainable sources of tropical produce. We reached out to potential Fair Trade partners sourcing sustainably grown items from Mexico. Although these items aren’t local, we recognize that bananas and avocados are a delicious staple in most of our diets. Before moving forward, we’d like your input on whether you’d want bananas and avocados in future produce bags. We’ll continue to source high quality ingredients from sustainably managed farms with fair wages and labor standards.

Fast facts about Fair Trade products:
Many tropical farms suffer from poor living conditions, low wages, pesticide exposure, and runoff into water sources. Fair Trade standards promote community development, equitable labor practices and wages, and sustainable agricultural methods. Farmers have to meet a 200-point checklist of labor, environmental and economic standards. Farmers are required to use less toxic agrochemicals, pay workers overtime, and provide health care benefits. Through negotiation with suppliers and more transparent supply chains, farmers receive higher payments for their products. Workers on Fair Trade certified banana plantations used 34% of their Fair Trade premium in housing improvements and 21% on education-related investments.

Fair trade farmers must:
• Protect water resources and natural vegetation
• Promote agricultural diversification, control erosion, and forbid slash and burn
• Restrict the use of pesticides and fertilizers
• Ban the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
• Properly manage waste, water and energy
• Ban the use child labor
• And abide by International Labor Conventions.

Fair Trade organizations work to:
• Increase wages for workers
• Offer training and capacity building
• Support inclusive participation and transparency
• Guarantee access to healthcare
• Improve access to education
• And help farmers apply integrated pest management.

We look forward to your feedback; check out our survey here. We hope to help further reduce those pesky grocery trips while making it easier to uphold your commitment to delicious, ethical and sustainably sourced foods.

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