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In the U.S., about 80% of consumed sugar is produced domestically. The sugar that is imported, however, often is produced by impoverished farmers in the global south. Fair Trade Certified™ sugar protects farmers against the volatile world marketplace, hazardous working conditions, and environmental degredation.
Fair Trade Sugar Cooperative
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La Asociación de Cañicultores Organicos de la Zona Central (ACOZC ) is a 60 member co-operative formed in 2002 by sugarcane farmers of Guarambare, Paraguay. The farmers cultivate about 10,000 tons of sugar cane per year on their 8-10 hectare plots, and a local sugar processor transforms the cane into about 600 tons of raw sugar. The small-scale, family farmers favor traditional techniques, cultivating 100% organic sugar.
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