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Canadian Independent Organic Distributor Earns Fair for Life Fair Trade Certification

Fresh produce organic distributor earns Fair for Life Fair Trade Certification by IMO

 
PRLog - Feb. 4, 2010 - BENICIA, Calif. -- February 4, 2010 - The Institute for Marketecology (IMO) rings in the New Year by issuing Fair for Life Fair Trade Certification to a locally-owned Canadian independent distributor of organic produce, Discovery Islands Organics, Ltd.

Fair for Life was developed as an alternative Fair Trade Certification Program by the Swiss Bio-Foundation, in cooperation with IMO, in 2006. Since then, Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification has gained quick acceptance in worldwide markets, as it offers many complimentary benefits to existing Fair Trade systems. These benefits include high transparency, social responsibility audits, requirements for good environmental performance,  and the ability to combine Fair Trade certification with other programs, such as organic certification, for all major world markets.

Discovery Islands Organics is an organic and Fair Trade importer and distributor for fresh produce. They carry several product lines, such as bananas from Peru,  and avocados and mangos from Mexico, that are FLO certified, and now also blueberries, apples and pears that are Fair for Life Fair Trade Certified to origin. The core principals of the company are in ethical sourcing and ‘grower development’, as they go far beyond the role of a regular distributor/importer in being transparent to farmers, and in helping farmers understand the market and improve their livelihoods. Discovery Islands Organics’ ethnical sourcing policy is to buy local and direct, first and foremost, and they also work primarily with grower cooperatives for the majority of their product sourcing. They help to educate their growers on fair trade, and have supported the implementation of fair trade certified systems with their growers. Discovery Islands Organics pays fair prices, and social premiums that are usually well above the base level for fair trade. They are also active with their domestic growers, and are interested in promoting domestic fair trade among these producers, especially in the Northwestern United States, and British Columbia, Canada, regions.  Discovery Islands Organics is active in educating the retailers on the importance of supporting ethically grown and sourced produce.

“We are happy to see a pioneer in the Northwestern and Canadian organic movements embrace fair trade among its sourcing practices and company policy. The combination of organic and fair trade, both domestically and internationally are important in promoting sustainability through trade.”  says Wolfgang Kathe, Department Manager for Social & FairTrade at IMO.  

To learn more about IMO, visit, www.FairforLife.net or www.IMO.ch, or contact Kerry Hughes at (707) 644-2354 or Kerry@IMO-Control.org (North American Contact) or Anja Ibkendanz at ai@imo.ch (Swiss Contact). To learn more about Discovery Islands Organics, contact Randy Hooper at discoveryorganics@gmail.com.

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City/Town:Benicia - California - United States
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