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Olive Co-operative – Trees For Life programme launch

Olive Co-operative is delighted to announce the launch of Trees For Life – Planting Peace in Palestine. This partnership with the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA, www.palestinefairtrade.org) and Zaytoun (www.zaytoun.org) offers the public the opportunity to sponsor the planting of olive trees in Palestine.

The new trees will offset the destruction wrought in Palestinian olive groves by the Israeli army and settlers. According to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem over 500,000 olive trees have been destroyed since 2000. Each new tree sponsored represents a long-term source of income for Palestinian families, who have been harvesting olive oil, fruit and wood for generations.

The trees will be distributed in Palestine by the PFTA to farmers who follow fair trade guidelines and who will benefit from future purchases of Palestinian olive oil.

£20 will sponsor five trees. Sponsorship online and by phone is available from Olive Co-operative, www.olivecoop.com, +44 (0)161 273 1970.

Notes for editors
Olive Co-operative is a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative based in Manchester, UK, which seeks to raise awareness of the situation in Palestine and Israel by running informative tours to the region and by selling fairly traded produce from Palestinian suppliers. More information can be found at www.olivecoop.com or by calling 0161 273 1970. Press enquiries only: 07739 147095.

The Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA) is a union of farming and producing cooperatives, traders and processors based in Jenin that promotes and supports fair and equitable trading principles.  These principles are developed locally by PFTA and are compatible with international fair trade principles and in keeping with Palestinian traditions.  PFTA is also active in promoting fairly produced Palestinian products in international fair trade markets in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. See www.palestinefairtrade.org.

Zaytoun is an ethical business established to support marginalized farming communities in Palestine, principally by importing fairly traded Palestinian olive oil and other agricultural products and by promoting fair trade with Palestine. See www.zaytoun.org

Olive Co-operative
Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR
0161 273 1970
press enquiries only +44 (0)7739 147095