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Organic and Fair Trade Mint Oil: India

By: Rob Hardy, Earthoil, with an introduction by Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Posted: May 27, 2009
Mint farmer

Mint farmer in India.


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In both of these projects, premium payments are made to individual farmer members, but crucially payments are also made to a community fund. The responsibility for, and the decisions relating to the use of these funds, will be made by democratically elected farmer organizations. The intention is to encourage the flow of wider benefits into the farmers’ local communities—health, education and cultural enhancement.

With these changes to the business model, more comprehensive checks on sources, more searching questions, and requests for more detailed documentation arise. Passing co-responsibility upstream to suppliers is no easy task. Nevertheless, by working closely in-conjunction with suppliers, organizations can ensure that the principles and practices of ethical/fair trade are fully met whilst not comprising upon the quality of their raw materials.

Similar projects to those in Kenya and India for other raw materials are being considered by Treatt to meet the growing demand for both organic and fairly traded ingredients for the flavor, fragrance and cosmetics markets.