We always strive to be ethical in our buying policies as well
as in our relationships with our suppliers.
We do not list any products which contain animal products
or those which contain harmful food additives. Our suppliers
will not stock foods that would need to be labelled as contains
GMO’s under current EU legislation. In addition we avoid
some of the well known organic ‘brands’ whose
corporate outlook is at odds with the organic ethos, for example
where the parent company is an advocate for GM technology
or where their irresponsible marketing encourages the use
of infant milk formula in the third world.
possible we provide options for organic products which are from
sustainable farming systems which avoid the use of artificial
chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers and GM ingredients.
Our vegetables boxes source as much produce locally as possible,
averaging around 75% over the year. This supports much needed
local jobs in a region where average wages are so low that it
has attracted Objective One funding. Because organic agriculture
is labour intensive this provides an even greater benefit.
We are also continually expanding our range of Fair Trade products
and provide options for teas, coffees, snacks, herbs, fruit
juices and honeys. In addition we try to buy those fairly traded
products which are packed in the country of origin so that the
value added at the manufacturing stage is retained in the country.
Sustainable livelihoods can only be built under economic security
and in a stable environment. The Fair Trade products we sell
directly benefit producers in many developing countries, allowing
them to invest in their farms and communities:
farmers in Cuba on the cooperative Jose Martin Ceballos are
looking to replace 25 year old irrigation pumps, build and renovate
houses for the farmers.
the Darjeeling region of India the Sanjukta Vikas cooperative
is harmoniously reclaiming the Mineral Springs Tea Garden it
having been abandoned by its former owners.
The Nuevo Futuro cooperative in Columbia with the help of fair
trade are learning to grow organic coffee using natural composting
and existing forest shade.