How can compliance with the standards of the organic seal be guaranteed for wild growing shea trees?
Organic sheafruit collections are only available in certain areas. These areas are clearly marked and are located at a sufficient distance from conventionally cultivated land and may not be used for farming. In this way, pesticides and herbicides used in agriculture are prevented from entering the organic areas. In these areas, everything grows untouched between the trees, which not only leads to a high density of new shoots, but also to other shrubs and plants and a high diversity of insects. Despite the marked areas and the clear demarcation from conventional nuts, the butter produced is regularly checked for harmful substances both by the inspection bodies and by the suppliers. As with all organic products, the legislation for organic farming must be respected, and the product must be pesticide-free.
To prevent the entry of unacceptable substances through contamination of transport and production materials, deposits and packaging, separate shells and bags are provided for organic nuts. These are distributed to the women and used exclusively for the organic raw material, so that a clear distinction is made. There is also a clear spatial demarcation from the conventional nuts when drying the nuts. There is an additional and delimited area for the organic nuts, to which only the responsible women have access and which cannot be entered by animals.
By the way: the maximum harvest yield of shea trees is only reached at the age of 40 years.