Sambazon’s Biodiversity Research Shows How Fair Trade and Organic Certified Açaí Can Help Preserve the Rainforest
Sambazon Inc offered a $35,000 grant for a biodiversity study of the wild harvest Açaí environment held under our Fair Trade Certification in the Amapá region of Brazil! Learn all about our grant recipient, Dr. Gabriel Damasco, and his findings here.
Sambazon is the first Certified Organic and Fair Trade Açaí company in the world. We actually helped develop the initial rules that govern the standard in partnership with one of the largest international certification agencies, Ecocert, in 2008. To date, we’ve donated about $800,000 to fund Fair Trade projects in Brazil: from farmers/families support, to health, education, water and sanitation, and infrastructure projects in the Amazon Rainforest. Keep reading to learn more!
Take an in-depth look at National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay's journey to Brazil in her blog post, Walk the Purple Trail with Me. Asher highlights her relationship with Açaí from her initial discovery of it, to her visit to Sambazon's factories and harvesting communities on the Amazon delta in Amapá, to all she's learned about this little purple berry to date!
What exactly does fair trade mean? What practices does a company need to follow for their product to be Fair Trade Certified? And how does your support of these products impact the local communities who produce them? All great questions, and ones we are going to break down for you here.