La Terra e il Cielo
An organic agriculture co-operative founded in 1980 in the Marche Region, Italy, La Terra can be considered as one of the pioneer companies to invest in the field of Italian organic production. The co-operative incorporates 100 associate farms that contribute raw materials; many of them are located in the inland of the Marche and play a very important role in terms of environmental protection and sound rural development.
La Terra e il Cielo has an ethical structure based on:
- Ecological approach.
- Anti-GMO actions.
- Democratic management.
- Co-operative work.
- Profits used for social purposes.
- Support for small organic producers.
- Social economy network promotion.
Main La Terra e il Cielo products
La Terra e il Cielo markets a wide range of certified products, such as pasta (spelt, wheat, kamut, corn, buckwheat), cereals, puffed spelt, extra virgin olive oil, tomato sauces, and - last but not least - our fairly traded Caffe della Pace, directly imported from a Guatemalan co-operative of small scale Mayan producers and produced in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.
Among many other international awards, at the beginning of 2009, La Terra e il Cielo received the Silver Medal for the best durum wheat semolina pasta and wholewheat pasta from the Testzentrum Lebensmittel of Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG).
Algamar - Galicia (Spain) - the underwater vegetable garden of Southern Europe
Galicia (northwestern Spain) has 35% of the total Spanish coastline. It is a region with an abundance and wide diversity of marine species and a deep- rooted seafaring tradition. Its location, between the 42nd and 44th parallels, is, strangely enough, on the same latitude as the coasts of Japan. Algamar is the leading Spanish firm specialising in dried sea vegetables for human consumption.
The company was founded in 1996 by the Fernandez Saa brothers, Clemente and Fermin, consumers and producers of organic foods since the 1970s, with the aim of promoting and spreading the word about the marvelous nutritional properties of Galicia's native sea vegetables.
Its headquarters are in the Bay of Vigo, 18 km from the city of Vigo and 30 km north of the Portuguese border. Most of the company's sea vegetables are harvested on the southern coast of Galicia, a designated part of the European Union's Natura 2000 network and very close to the Atlantic Islands Natural Reserve.
Ecology and the environment
Some of the oldest living beings on the planet, sea vegetables are also some of the few wild vegetables in the world - a true luxury in these times. They constitute a natural resource that renews itself every year in the sea, making them a stable and sustainable food source.
Another of Algamar's objectives is to run its production facilities completely on renewable energy. Algamar is also participating in the programme to plant 100 million trees in Spain to help combat climate change.
The firm is based in a rural area categorised as being at risk of depopulation. ALGAMAR provides jobs for local people, thus allowing them to stay in their place of origin and help to keep their social and cultural values alive.
Since it was founded, the firm has cooperated closely with the local fishermen's guilds, offering them an innovative alternative to their traditional fishing activities.
It is also currently participating in a Spanish ethical business initiative.
Since 1998, Algamar has cooperated with the prestigious Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Department of Metabolism and Nutrition), the University of Santiago de Compostela (Food Sciences) and the Complutense University of Madrid (Pharmacy) in various studies relating to the potential of native edible sea vegetables.
The CSIC is currently working on a "new foods" project based on Algamar's sea vegetables.
Raw, Organic, Unpasteurised, Cold Extracted
- Single regional honey: Coromandel, New Zealand.
- Produced by a single beekeeper.
- Fully audited by BIOGRO, New Zealand.
- Antibacterial activity tests for each batch number on jars.
- No chemicals or sprays have touched the lands where the hives are placed.
- Wild Honey is cold extracted within hours of taking it from the hive.
- No fine filtering of the honey thus retaining natural pollen, propolis and other beneficial particles and enzymes. Fine filtering alters honey texture, structure and taste and eliminates many of its beneficial properties.
- Wild Honey is kept as pure as Mother Nature intended.
- No creaming (whipping) of honey. Creaming alters natural structure, texture and taste.
- All processes are audited regularly.
What to Expect:
In allowing the bees, flowers and seasons to interact organically, there will be variations in colour, texture, and flavour from season to season
Being a totally natural and organic product, there will, from batch to batch, be some frosting and streaking through the honey and, at times, a light coloured natural film on top. This natural process is an added guarantee that Wild Honey is a totally raw, natural, unpasteurised product.
Store below 20°C - warm to soften, refrigerate to firm.
Choosing a New Zealand Organic Manuka:
- Must have a New Zealand organic certification mark.
- Must also have a traceable New Zealand packers address on the jar.
HONEY, a timeless tradition in Wellness:
- Digestive care.
- Winter wellness.
- Supports natural healing processes.
- Supports immune system.
- Supports recovery after illness/operations.
- Oral wellness (lick a teaspoon a day!!).
- Wound care (leg ulcers, burns, scratches).
- Pet wellness and pet care.
How to Use:
- As a replacement for sugar.
- On toast.
- Raw off spoon.
- In smoothies.
- In beverages of all kinds.
- Marvellous in dressings.
- Fantastic steeped in a fresh lemon drink with sliced ginger and a slash of organic apple cider vinegar!
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