Pristine Peru: Growing demand for organics creates new opportunities for farmers
Peru, a small country on the northwest coast of South America, is known by many as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Maccu Picchu, or the birthplace of America’s beloved vegetable, the potato. If you’re a foodie, you’re probably aware of the soaring popularity Peruvian cuisine is having on restaurant menus around the U.S. However, what we find most exciting about Peru is the pristine countryside where farmers have been growing organically for generations.
Click on the image to read more about Peru’s organic agriculture in this white paper.
While Peru has no shortage of organic farmers, many of them struggle with the infrastructure needed to sell their crop for its true value. This is where High Quality Organics comes in. We’ve been able to help our Peruvian farmers not only gain market access to the U.S. but we’ve assisted with critical success factors like access to organic certification or certified organic seed. Our partnerships with our Peruvian farmers have truly gone beyond simple transactions and become transformational, allowing them to grow their business and better support their communities while increasing our supply capabilities. It’s an exciting time for Peru’s organic agriculture sector and we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it. Below are a few highlights from a recent trip our Vice President of Supply Chain, Toby Eck, took in June.
A blossoming organic chia seed field in Peru. Chia seed is an ancient seed growing in popularity for its heart-healthy omega-3 is used in baking, granola bars, smoothies and more.
Here an organic farmer we’ve been working with is digging up a ginger sample in a sandy field. He is successfully growing many different crops using above-ground nutrition-irrigation system. This has transformed a completely agriculturally-useless region into vast fields of sustainably produced organic products.
This picture shows just-picked paprika air-drying alongside a field. Not needing to transport or machine-dry the paprika provides significant savings for the farmer.
This is one of HQO’s partners of three years, Santiago. He’s a first generation farmer that developed a passion for organic agriculture while in college. He has not only brought an abundance of agriculture to an otherwise barren area, but he is providing employment to several people in a very poor region of Peru. He grows jalapeño, paprika and more for HQO.
Here’s a great example of the innovative spirit of our HQO partners. This is a sand field that can produce high-quality organic agriculture thanks to the above-ground irrigation and nutrient distribution system. This type of production agriculture is critical for food insecure places like the barren lands in remote Peru or Egypt.
To learn more about High Quality Organics and the organic ingredients we supply from Peru and the other 30+ countries we work with, please contact us on our website, www.HQOrganics.com.
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Top Sustainability Tip for April
This year instead of celebrating Earth Day on just April 22, we decided to celebrate it everyday in April with tips and ideas for ways we can all be a little kinder to Mother Earth on our Facebook page. Well, the results are in and the tip that was the most favorite was:
We love the simplicity of this message and hope it resonates with you too.
What are you doing to be more sustainable in 2013?