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Organic, Farmer-Owned Co-op First to Receive Domestic Fair Trade Certification PDF Print E-mail

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

June 07, 2010

fairdealFarmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. (FDC), a farmer-owned business of 70 certified organic family farms, is the first business in Canada and the United States to receive domestic fair trade certification. "People usually associate fair trade with coffee, sugar, bananas and other crops from the global south, but fair wages to farm workers and fair prices to farmers are just as much a concern in industrialized nations like Canada and the United States," explains Murray Horkoff, a FDC farmer-owner from Kamsack, SK.  "Now organic consumers can purchase fairly traded, flax, wheat, beans, hemp, peas, lentils and other crops grown in the Northern Hemisphere," adds Horkoff. 

FDC is now both certified organic through Pro-Cert Organic Systems and certified fair trade through Quality Certification Services, making FDC the first company eligible to carry the fairDeal seal on their members' products. "Most of society is unaware that farm workers in many states and provinces are not protected under Federal, State or Provincial Labour laws. Since farm workers have no recourse under law they are often exploited. Therefore, organic consumers are now demanding organic foods that are fairly traded," states Keith Neu, a FDC farmer-owner from Hudson Bay, SK. "We are proud to be able to offer certified organic, fairly traded food to these families."

Along with fair prices to farmers and living wages to farm workers, the fairDeal, an organic industry supply chain non-profit and product seal, was founded to incorporate fair trade, pay equity and other additional ethical standards into organic agriculture. The fairDeal seal on products is an easy way for shoppers to know that their purchase supports certified organic farming methods and fair business practices.


"If we truly believe in democracy and fair trade then we must economically organize ourselves in ways that are democratic and fair.  Support for organic family farms and pay equity are fundamental to any system of fair trade. But it has to be easy for consumers," adds Gene Davis, FDC's President who farms out of North Portal, Saskatchewan.  "That's why if consumers are looking for certified organic, certified fair trade food where all companies involved practice pay equity they need only look for one seal - the fairDeal."

To purchase fairDeal grains or for more information about Farmer Direct Co-op please contact Jason Freeman, General Manager at 1.306.352. 2444 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information on the fairDeal, please contact Marla Carlson, Program Manager at 306.352.2496.

About Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd.

Founded in 2002, Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd. is a farmer-owned business that provides the world with ethically grown and traded food.
Its co-operative of 70 certified organic family farms and 120,000 acres of farmland produce high quality, 100 percent certified organic, grains, oilseeds, pulses and meats for food manufacturers, distributors and food service providers in Canada, the United States, European Union and Japan. FDC is a bulk supplier of organic grains specializing in containers, truckloads, railcars and 25 lb grain bags to retailer bulk bins. For more information, visit www.farmerdirect.coop.

 
Support Food Safety Legislation that Won’t Restrict Family Farmers PDF Print E-mail

“The current near-nationwide contamination in the egg supply can be directly linked to industrial producers that confine millions of birds, a product of massive, centralized breeding, in manure-rich hen houses, and feeding the birds a ration spiked with antibiotics.

When Congress returns to Washington, we have no doubt that food safety legislation, which has languished for months, will get fast-tracked.  In an election-year our politicians don’t want to be left with egg on their faces.

We only hope that Senators will seriously consider not just passing comprehensive reform but incorporating an amendment sponsored by John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, that will exempt the safest farms in our country—small, local direct marketers. We need to allocate our scarce, limited resources based on greatest risk.

Farmers and ranchers milking 60 cows, raising a few hundred head of beef, or free ranging laying hens (many times these animals have names not numbers), offer the only true competition to corporate agribusinesses that dominate our food production system.”

Read the full article here –

http://foodceo.com/articles/2010/08/the-elephant-poop-in-the-room-the-current-egg-brouhaha-and-true-cause-of-food-contamination/

Read Sen. John Tester’s Amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act  HERE

For more information on how the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact local farms, visit http://www.caff.org/

 
Statements on BPA Packaging PDF Print E-mail

BPA in Food and Beverage Packaging

Based on recent FDA studies, food co-op shoppers have raised concerns over food packaging containing Bisphenol-A or BPA. National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) gathered information from key vendors about the presence of BPA in manufacturers packaging as well as efforts that manufacturers are taking to remove BPA or use BPA-free packaging.

NCGA asked key vendors to respond to the following points of interest:

  • Which, if any, of your current products use packaging that contains BPA? Please provide a product description and UPC number for each item.
  • What measure, if any, your company is taking to move away from packaging containing BPA.
  • Your company’s position on BPA.

This is a list of the vendors and links to their responses:

Please click on the following links for additional information on BPA:

EPA Action Plan Summary link
FDA BPA Info Link

 
Report: Attention Deficit Disorder and Pesticides on Food PDF Print E-mail
A new study out of Harvard shows that even tiny, allowable amounts of a common pesticide class can have dramatic effects on brain chemistry. Organophosphate insecticides (OP's) are among the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. & have long been known to be particularly toxic for children. This is the first study to examine their effects across a representative population with average levels of exposure.

Conclusion:  Kids with above-average pesticide exposures are 2x as likely to have ADHD.

Read the full report at www.whatsonmyfood.org
 
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Take Action: Rescue Local and Organic Farming in the Food Safety Bill!

The U.S. Senate will vote shortly on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law (S. 510).  The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that potentially threaten small-scale local farmers and organic producers, including a blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards -- regardless of one's farm size - and a potential $500 fee for any farm engaged in onsite processing (i.e., maple syrup production, sun-dried tomatoes, salad mixes, etc.).

The vast majority of recent food safety scandals in the U.S. - E. coli on fresh spinach, melamine in dairy products, Salmonella in peanut butter - were all linked to industrial agribusiness practices.  There's no doubt that industrial agriculture and its international supply chain need better oversight.  But, family-scale local and organic farms are probably the safest in the nation -- they are part of the solution, not part of the problem -- and need to be protected!

What You Can Do

Now is your chance, as a supporter of sustainable family farming, to help fix these problems. Senator John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, is proposing an amendment to S. 510 that would exempt small-scale farmers and food processors from the most burdensome regulations.

Please contact your Senators today and ask them to support the Tester amendment to S. 510.  Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to find their phone number:

For the more information on the amendment, go to:

http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/04/action-alert-rescue-localorganic-farming-in-the-food-safety-bill/#more-2770

Your Voice Makes a Difference.   Thanks for your support of organic, local and sustainable farmers
 
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