In an effort to push for higher profits and greater returns on investment, for-profit business are substituting quality ingredients for with cheaper, mass-produced goods. This is taking a toll on the health of consumers and the global ecosystem. Not only does this lead to a strain on the planet and the natural resources it can produce, but also plays into an overall decrease in the socio-economic standing of Small Food Producers and communities around the world.
When SFPs and communities are forced to do whatever they can to support their families, their focus is not on environmentally positive agricltural techniques, soil restoration, or growing without pesticides. As a result, SFPs push their land to the breaking point all the while continuing to lose ground in the global economy. Moreover, our soils are being strippped of nutrients, innundated with herbicides and pesticides, and eroded entirely in many cases.
Small Food Producers throughout history have been at a large disadvantage due to lack of education and knowledge about economics and technology. EarthCorp balances this inequity by providing high tech growing methods to them along with education on how to use the new methods as well as how crops become a valued commodity. The ultimate goal is to create not just self-sustaining communities, but profitable ones that flourish.
The crops grown follow our GESERP Program that incorporates a commodity traded crop with additional cash crops, grasses, shrubs, bamboos, and other crops that serve to produce additional income for the SFPs while also effectively preserving and restoring the soil and the environment overall.
The Three E’s of GESERP
The focus is on preservation and restoration. We pair environmentally friendly agricultural practices with soil remediation. Additionally, we always look to make improvements in product processing and manufacturing to further reduce human impact at all levels of our environment.
Development through agriculture at the growth level up to final sale of retail goods. We focus on improving the socio-economic standing and agri- infrastructure of smaller communities around the world. We work to pair SFPs producing high quality, environmentally friendly products with businesses aiming to support a healthier, greener planet.
When Small Food Producers have interest in the final end product, they strive to provide the highest quality crops that make the product. If the end retailer has a revenue sharing model with the farmers, they will seek to maximize profit and assure sales. one Team, working together, and everyone wins!
How Everyone Wins
SMALL FOOD PRODUCERS
- Receive education about the environment and how preserving it increases crop value (growing organic, no pesticides, fair trade)
- Community wide infrastructure support
- Direction connections to businesses and profit sharing of retail end product
- Receive highest quality raw materials at a controlled, dicounted price range
- Supplying funds to pilot farming community guarantees production at a reduced cost, creating more available operating capital
- Potential increase in consumer spending through environmentally friendly products and improved Corporate Social Responsiblity
- Greater access to environmentally friendly end products
- Easily accessible information on how businesses are performing with regards to environmental standing
- End product discounts after EarthCorp rolls out Corporate Social Responsibility project
- Noteworthy financial savings by participating in the CSR ratings program
- Ability to “be heard” and voice how they feel about our environment and how businesses impact it and thier lives
Currently, the key GESERP pilot program is underway in Costa Rica to with Catie University to determine the most viable crops and the most environmentally positive growth techniques . Two extensions of this program are being emplyed in open farms with local SFPs. As the primary model expands, so shall the extensions and new programs. Our goal is 10 GESERP pilots in three countries in 2018.
Total Pilot Acreage
Currently, our farming pilot programs and our cacao support efforts contain over 550 acres of farming land. Projects underway include a case study for the use of industrial hemp to reverse soil degradation.
We have acquired 10,000 new cacao seedlings for farmers within the program. EarthCorp provides all assistance for growing the crops: technology, education, natural fertilizers and natural pesticides
Initial GESERP Project Areas
EarthCorp has several projects underway the cover a full range of environmental causes. GESERP has a global goal of economic stimulation and community empowerment by encouraging and rewarding environmentally friendly practices. Project areas include:
- Ocean waste removal and coral reef rejuvenation
- Agricultural self-sufficiency and soil reclamation
- Potable water generation
- Indoor commercial farming
- Water purification
- Clean energy production