Organic and fair trade honey in Mexico
Miel Mexicana Volcán Popocatepetl SC de RL (Miel Mexicana) is an agricultural cooperative focused on the production of organic and fair trade honey. The cooperative was established in 2002 by 35 honey producers, being one of the oldest Mexican fair trade organizations formed by producers. The cooperative now has 84 producer members. Miel Mexicana has a strong social and environmental profile. As bees strengthen biodiversity, the honey produced is actually beneficial to the forest reserves where they operate.
Award winning honey
The Fair Trade and Organic certifications give the cooperative a clear competitive edge on the international market. In addition to carrying these certifications, Miel Mexicana has also won the 'sustainable rural development business award', granted by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2011, it won the national export award and in 2012 the prestigious quality award during the international beekeeping conference.
Training for communities
The cooperative also teaches low-income earners how to produce organic honey, thus creating sustainable livelihoods for its new members. Miel Mexicana also provides training to local school children and their families about the benefits of environmentally friendly honey production and cooperatives. Oikocredit provided Miel Mexicana with its first loan of MXN 2.5 million in April 2015, which will be used as working capital to finance the exportation of the honey.