Ernüchternder Bericht zu Fairtrade

Wie fair sind Fairtrade & Co? Kakao-Bauern profitieren kaum.

Kürzlich ist die Schweizer Fernsehsendung «Kassensturz» in die Republik Côte d’Ivoire gereist und hat mit Kakao-Bauern gesprochen, die ihren Kakao mit Fair Trade-Label verkaufen. Ein ernüchternder Bericht, der kaum Verbesserungen zeigt.

Wer in der Schweiz eine von Fairtrade oder UTZ gekennzeichnete Schokolade kauft, geht davon aus, dass die Bauern von ihrem Einkommen leben können. «Kassensturz» reist in die Elfenbeinküste und zeigt, dass dies oft leere Versprechen sind. Weitere Themen: Saugroboter im Test.

Kassensturz

Fairtrade und UTZ in der Kritik: Bauern erhalten zu wenig Geld
Fairtrade- und UTZ-Produkte sollen Kleinbauernfamilien ein besseres Leben ermöglichen. «Kassensturz» reist in die Elfenbeinküste und deckt auf: Vielen Kakaobauern, die von den Labels profitieren sollten, geht es wirtschaftlich kaum besser als Bauern ohne Zertifikate. Die grosse «Kassensturz»-Reportage. Im Studio stellt sich Max Havelaar der Kritik. 

DETOX in Tropical Permaculture Farm in Ecuador: Permatree

DETOX in Tropical Permaculture Farm in Ecuador: Permatree

Real Life Crossfit-type of workout between the amazonic snakes and mosquitos of the tropical climate. :-)

PermaTree

The PermaTree (www.permatree.org) project is a grass root organic tropical fruit farm with the target, to live self-sustainable within the next 3 years. By self-sustainable lifestyle we mean to grow and cook our own organic foods. From vegetables to tropical fruits directly from our  food forests.

You can be part of this thriving process! it is progressing rapidly! As you will see and feel. Gain valuable experience and learn about smart permaculture principles. Learn ecological awareness and more about environmental protection.

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Retro Perspective Bolivia

Retro Perspective Bolivia

A country of statistical extremes, landlocked Bolivia is the highest and most isolated country in South America. It is very rich in mineral and energy resources but Bolivia is one of South America’s poorest countries. Therefore Bolivia is often called the “Himalaya of Latin America”.

Back in January 2015 we started our exploration of Bolivia it lasted something like 6 month. In the meantime I never found time to write the full “Retro Perspective Bolivia” but I had a few drafts living around so now publishing them to share the thoughts with you. We lived in Samaipata first and then in Rurrenebaque and at the end in the big urban city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. All 3 locations can be highly interesting depending on what you are seeking for.

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Retro Perspective Colombia

Retro Perspective Colombia

Colombia after ongoing exploration of almost 3 month and now more than 6 month outside from Colombia. The goal of this article is to write like I did for the Retro Perspective Paraguay article a while ago. It’s a interdisciplinary mix of: biological, geographical and anthropological observations / analyses … quoting a open-minded french friend from Bolivia. During our 3 month long Colombia exploration, we did publish the 1st article: Colombia so far. The below displayed 33 photos are from my curated public 400+ Colombia Flickr photos

Retro Perspective Colombia

The conclusion so far is that Colombia is not what we where looking for. I’m my naivety and ignorance :-) We hoped to find the Colombia I knew from living there during 85 – 86 and when I visited again during a few weeks in the year 1997. Of course that Colombia had long been exchanged with a totally different Colombia. Change is the only constant in life … In my memories I had a clear beautiful, romantic, chaotic picture of Colombia and its warm hearted people. Back then it was most normal NOT be on time etc. nowadays thanks to the great globalization Colombians are more on time than a few Swiss citizen I know… The so called  progress / modernization and globalization seems to have eaten my Colombia … in a breeze of air – record time. Never less we have met old and new friends and it was after all again very enriching.

Our expectations where very high but Colombians tourist agency say that: “The risk of Colombia is you may want to never leave.” This obviously did not work out as planned because right now we are in Ecuador.

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The Photo Review of 2015

The Photo Review of 2015

Our 2015 year was one of the most challenging ever so far. It started in Paraguay and ended in Ecuador. During this year we managed somehow to live in 4 different countries: Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. Like always we had planed another road-map. This was actually plan-B because plan-A failed. You may know what FAIL stands for? First Attempt In Learning! When you make a plan and with guarantee the output will be different than what was initially planned. That is called life I believe. Read more

Uchuva

Uchuva

The uchuva fruit is also called “Physalis peruviana” is a species of physalis, the plant and its fruit. It is originally from Peru and also known as uchuva (Colombia) Cape gooseberry (South Africa, UK, New Zealand), Inca berry, Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, African ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry, amour en cage (France), and sometimes simply Physalis (United Kingdom).

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