Dan and Angela from Team Liberation are in Kerala, India at the moment. They are meeting up with the producers who supply our delicious cashews. He’s a quick update from them.
Let us introduce you to 58-year-old, Francisco Layme Beltrán (gatherer of Liberation’s Fairtrade Brazil nuts) who travelled nearly two days by bus and on foot to meet Angela del Valle (Head of Buying at Liberation Foods) at the processing factory where his product is processed.
Africa Day marks the foundation of the African Union in 1963. Many of the festivities around the world celebrate African unity and heritage by showcasing African art, music, and food.
Over the last two weeks, we’ve taken you on a mini adventure and sharing some exciting stories from Dan Binks’s (Technical Manager at Liberation Foods) recent tour of Bolivia and Chile. He’s been meeting producers, small holder farmers and co-operative shareholders and here’s the last of the three intriguing diary entries…
Behind the headlines about the proverbial ‘baddies of Brussels’ banning bent bananas and curly cucumbers lies a wealth of EU food standards that we rely on in the UK to assure the safety and quality of our food. It’s not a sexy subject, but I for one am glad that there’s reams of very boring, very detailed rules and regulations that protect us from anything from food poisoning from a high street fried chicken shop to beef imported from the USA where, unlike here, it is legal to give cows extra hormones to make them grow faster.
Liberation followers will already know that the majority of the world’s supply of brazil nuts come from Bolivia…the rest come from Brazil and Peru. At Liberation we buy Fairtrade brazil nuts from our shareholder small-scale brazil nut gatherers who live in the remote Amazon rainforest region of Bolivia. This week our Operations Manager, Angela and Chair of the Board of Directors, Richard have made the long journey to visit the brazil nut gatherer communities. When we say a ‘long journey’, we mean they set off from Heathrow last Saturday and had their first meeting with brazil nut gatherers on Tuesday! Brazil nut gatherers know all about arduous journeys.