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First Fully Organic Island in the Pacific

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Fiji’s first fully organic island is waiting certification

Food Magazine  brings us news about Fiji’s first fully organic island:

Cicia Island located in Fiji’s Lau group is the first fully organic island in the Pacific and is currently awaiting official organic certification.

The island has been used to predominately grow root vegetables, and for the production of virgin coconut oil which has been exported to Fiji’s main islands and internationally.

Mere Salusalu, spokesperson for Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture told ABC’s Pacific Beat program that the organic certification would represent a great boost for export and tourism opportunities.

“The government of Fiji recognises the potential and opportunities that organic will continuously provide in protecting our environment,” she said.

“I think in a few years time we will be getting visitors from abroad to the island, so that they eat and live organically on the island.”

Salusalu said that no fertilisers or chemicals have been used on the island for at least six to eight years.

“Traditional farming practices have evolved over a long period…and are still practiced now – and all these farming principles align well with organic principles,” said Salusalu.

By:  Aoife Boothroyd

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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