We apologize for the bad pun in the title, sometimes it's just hard to resist. Fair trade is a familiar concept to our readers. Aside from writing about well-known fair trade commodities like chocolate and coffee, we've also seen posts on everything from fair trade sports gear and sneakers, to the possibility of setting up fair trade standards for aquarium fish. Now we can add another commodity to our list, cashew nuts. Just Cashews is a business unit of a non-profit organization called Earth Hero, and is dedicated to working with farmers to sell fairly traded cashews:
"Just Cashews is committed to alleviating poverty, malnutrition and exploitation by creating a fair trade market for organic, fair trade, cashews and working to develop standards for fair trade cashew production throughout the world. By purchasing Just Cashews, you have a direct impact on the quality of life for peasant farmers and their families in Central America."
Just Cashews works with producers in El Salvador, Honduras, and Indonesia, giving them support by setting up a fair trade network getting their products to market. Consumers can buy cashews online, although judging by the quantities available, this is very much a wholesale set up at present. Of course, anyone who did buy this many nuts, and was looking for something to do with them, could start by checking out our recipe for Very Spicy Asian Vegetable Salad here. ::Just Cashews:: via site visit::