Fair Trade Avocado Program: Program Returns For Second Year


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    Following uncharacteristic rains in Mexico this season, supplies of Fair Trade avocados are getting a bit of a late start. In Los Angeles, California, Guimarra Companies began its Fair Trade avocado program last year. The company plans to bring in a similar volume of avocados this year, and they will be available until May of next year. 

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    In years past, Guimarra Companies has worked with the Fair Trade program for asparagus, watermelon, squash, grapes, and bell peppers. The company works with grower Rancho Agua for the Fair Trade avocado program, located in Michoacån, Mexico. Carlos Genel and his family run Rancho Agua. The Genels bring in a high volume with premiums generate by the Fair Trade avocado program, and the workers decide what to do with the funds via a worker council. The council focuses on the three main areas of health, education, and the environment.

    Benefits of the Fair Trade Avocado Program

    Third parties audit these programs. The programs showcase operations and how they help workers and the communities where they operate. For consumers interested in knowing more about where their food comes from and the conditions of the workers who bring the produce to the market, these programs offer accountability and peace of mind.