Organic ingredients from China
DO IT ORGANIC started a partnership with DALIAN HUAEN in 1998, and today DO IT ORGANIC imports many organic products from China. DALIAN HUAEN is a Chinese company established in 1994. Because of this long-lasting partnership we learned a lot about the culture and their way of working. The DALIAN HUAEN project works together with approximate 500 farmers.
The farming region is in the northeastern part of China were agriculture is the main way of life. The traditional handwork and simple methods are combined with advanced pest control. The farmers use rotation methods, protect animals, plants and the biodiversity. They use plows, (hand) weeders 2 to 3 times a year.
As a source of compost the farmers use livestock manure mixed with crop straw. The livestock is mainly poultry kept by the farmers themselves.
A big delta provides ideal irrigation possibilities. Because it serves as a water-winning area for the capital Beijing, the use of pesticides has been strongly restricted and extensive areas have been assigned to organic agriculture, surrounded by large buffer zones.
The day-to-day supervision is done by managers who they the farmers that are employed and work in the farms. Every year, before planting, the farmers are trained several times on organic principles, pest and weed control methods, crop rotation, and isolation zone requirements. This way the farmers can maintain the high quality of the product and keep the environment healthy.
Fair Trade IBD
In 2007 DO IT ORGANIC and HUAEN started to work with Fair Trade IBD certification. A secondary school is financed and roads are built. Working, communication and transport conditions are improved. The guarantee for 100% well-certified organic produce is the principal goal, together with the welfare of the farmers and their families. DO IT ORGANIC visit the farmers on a regular basis and the next generations are getting in charge of the farms.