Why is Equal Exchange not sourcing from Israeli farmers? or poor olive growers in other developing countries with less problematic situations? or U.S. olive growers for that matter?
Equal Exchange believes that purchasing high-quality certified organic olive oil from small Palestinian farmer co-operatives is highly consistent with our practice of 25 years of trying to build social and economic justice through the marketplace. While perhaps many origins could meet this criteria, we have pursued this relationship in this part of the world to help farmers with few other options to stay on the land and earn an independent living for themselves and their communities. We believe this is a positive step in a part of the world facing a multitude of seemingly intractable challenges.