Earth Month Change for Change: Co+op Forest
In collaboration with National Co+op Grocers, PUR Projet, and the French National Forestry Office, the co-op is working to fund an established farmer training and reforestation project at the Fazenda São Nicolau in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Through the NCG Co+op Forest program, 1.8 million trees have been planted and/or protected by fair trade farmer co-ops in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest since in 2012. The farmers, who grow cacao that is part of food co-ops’ chocolate supply chain, have also used the funds to implement agroforestry methods, plan for retirement and improve quality of life for their communities.
Now, with the Peruvian project drawing to a close, NCG and its partner food co-ops are expanding its impact by moving the focus of Co+op Forest to Brazil where they will join international partner PUR Projet and the French National Forestry Office in funding an established farmer training and reforestation project at the Fazenda São Nicolau in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.
“Humans have a vested interest in protecting South American rainforests — they are the ‘lungs of the world,’ and remain critically important to any scenario that sees climate change reversed”
– Allie Mentzer, Senior Director of Advocacy & Sustainability for NCG
To learn more about food co-op investment in Co+op Forest and the history of the program's achievements, click here: https://www.grocery.coop/article/coop-forest-carbon-offset-program-slows-climate-change