Gebana Brazil produces soya oil from GM-free, organically grown soya beans cultivated in the hinterlands of the Iguazu River. The beans are transported to Capanema where the oil is extracted by mechanical pressing, then filtered, degummed and shipped to Europe.

THE SUPPLIER

We’ve been working with Gebana since 2006. It comprises around 350 families – mostly smallholder farmers. Soya farming is one of the major contributors to deforestation in Brazil. Gebana supports more sustainable farming methods.

THE COMMUNITY

Most of the local farmers’ income comes from selling soya, but they grow other crops and vegetables for sale and family consumption. Unlike big monocultures common in other regions in Brazil, Gebana promotes small properties with high levels of biodiversity.

NO TO GM

Gebana has stood firm against the spread of GM crops, though they’re more lucrative. “It is not natural and is not good for the community or the environment. (GM farming) endangers nature and harms our health,” says Alberto Fritzen, a Gebana farmer.

BUILDING A FUTURE

On top of the price of the soya oil, The Body Shop pays Gebana a premium which has financed training programmes in organic farming techniques, organic certification and bulk purchase of organic fertiliser. Gaining Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) certification is just one of its many successes.

A LITTLE HELP FROM NEO

The 1990s was difficult for British farmers due to larger industrial-style agribusinesses. Forming the co-operative NEO allowed farmers to diversify their income by entering the cosmetics market.

OUR ICONIC SOYA OIL PRODUCTS

Summary

Who?

Gebana Brazil

Where?

Capanema, Parana, Brazil

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