Alter Eco – Organic Mascobado Cane Sugar – 1 lb. (16 oz.) Alter EcoOrganic Mascobado Cane Sugar is made from mascobado sugar andis a unique form of pure, unrefined sugar grown by Alter Trade Co-op on Negros Island in the Philippines. Cultivated using organic methods and minimal processing, this golden brown delicacy offers more depth, flavor and nutrients than any other sugar on the market. Meet Their Sugar Farmers Beth Mondejar is one of 300,000 sugar farmers living and working on Negros Island, where sugarcane cultivation takes up 80% of the land. Private investment in industrial sugarcane mills have contributed to severe deforestation and eliminated crop diversification, creating an inescapable dependency for the local farmers. Working for a large company with no regard for labor rights, Beth used to earn $400 USD per year working 12 hours a day in the fields.Today, Beth earns $1,000 USD a year as a farmer and a manager of Alter Trade (their partner co-op). The co-op utilizes a holistic production model that considers the land as well as the farmers, helping them reestablish self-efficiency. Says Beth: “Thanks to these sustainable practices, we were able to invest in the education of our children. My older daughter is going to the university next year. It’s a great pride for those of us who didn’t get a chance to go to the University.” Socially Just They believe the health, happiness and future of the families who grow their food are just as vital as their own. Through Fair Trade and direct relationships with their partner cooperatives around the world, they are helping to put delicious meals on your table and theirs. Fair Trade and What it Means to Them As proud partners of Fair Trade USA and the Fairtrade Labelling Organization (FLO), all of their products are Fair Trade Certified.