Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance newest Licensee Partner is Kokonut Pacific of Queanbeyan, Australia, whose mission is to improve the well-being of the rural population of tropical countries through the production of premium grade coconut oil and other coconut products.
Queanbeyan, Australia, New Lebanon, NY, USA , June 5, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) -
FairTSA, a global Fair Trade standard holder, announces completion of a licensing agreement with Kokonut Pacific of Queanbeyan, Australia. http://www.kokonutpacific.com.au Dr. Dan Etherington, founder of Kokonut Pacific, invented the Direct Micro Expelling or DME process that produces pure virgin oil at the farm household level within one hour of opening the coconuts, resulting in an exceptional coconut oil quality.
Kokonut Pacific has established a foundation whose purpose is to build the "Coconut Technology Centre" with goals of demonstrating and refining best practices for village-based coconut production, training additional producers, and research and development options.
“We are very pleased to be working with a company like Kokonut Pacific, supporting their mission of providing premium grade coconut oil and other coconut products, in an ethical, moral and sustainable fashion,” said Dr. Winfried Fuchshofen, FairTSA operating company CEO. “Their commitment to healthy living, worker welfare and the environment is a great fit for our business model.”
More about Kokonut Pacific . . . In 1992 a village soap maker in Mozambique appealed to a visiting consultancy team to come up with a method of producing oil directly from his community’s coconuts. None of the team forgot the plea since, if such a technology existed or could be developed, it could radically transform the lives of poverty-stricken coconut farmers around the world.
Later that year Dr Dan Etherington, an Agricultural Economist at the Australian National University in Canberra and the team leader, learnt that the people of a remote Tuvalu island in the center of the south Pacific had long ago discovered how to cold press coconut oil from sun-dried coconut. However the copra trade and cheap imported vegetable oils had ‘killed’ this local technology.
Recognizing its economic potential, Dan worked in collaboration with the CSIRO and colleagues to develop the fine-weather household technique into an all-weather cottage-industry technology. We call it Direct Micro Expelling™ (DME™). The DME process produces pure virgin oil at the farm household level within one hour of opening the coconuts.
In 1997 the company began to sell DME equipment, training and consultancy services. There are now many DME units in South Pacific and Caribbean countries and there is increasing interest from Asia. The DME technology is helping protect fragile tropical environments by enhancing the incomes and living standards of people from their most sustainable local resource. Villagers are now producing this remarkably pure natural oil (FFA < 0.2%) in commercial quantities. Its chemical structure and purity ensures a long shelf life.
Fair TSA is a New Lebanon, NY, based alternative Fair Trade program. FairTSA is the only Fair Trade program open for world-wide cooperation with interested ISO 65 accredited organic certifiers, providing a turn-key Fair Trade solution for zero-carbon, lowest cost, fully transparent, shortest cycle certifications, incorporating a mandatory community development component. For more information go tohttp://www.fairtsa.org/
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