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08 Jul

Fiji Becomes First To Have An Organic Island

A Fijian island has gone completely organic. A Fijian island has gone completely organic.


Fiji has become the first country in the Pacific Ocean to be able to tout an all-organic island. The nation's island of Cicia has been declared organic by the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) through the help of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The tiny volcanic island is only 34 square kilometers in size and home to around 700 people. Residents of the island won the much coveted status after rejecting the use of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides several years ago. Maintaining a chemical-free zone for so long has proved worthwhile, opening the island's economy to niche organic markets around the globe while keeping the island in a pristine natural state.

Most of the island's farmers have upheld traditional farming practices for years and the switch to organic methods has only strengthened their time tested way of life. Cicia's main export is organic virgin coconut oil and is produced mainly by women.

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