The raw chamomile plants from the field are transported directly to the first processing stop, which is the company Lotus. Before drying and cleaning, the plants are kept for 14 days in quarantine until all results from taken samples are meeting the high standards of Economy of Love, Demeter and Organic. Once all tests have been finished successfully, every product has to be CO2 contaminated in order to get rid of small larvae’s, insects and other microbiological risks. In the next phase the plants are cleaned and the pure chamomile leaves are sieved and cut in the right size. The processed chamomile is now ready to be filled into 20Kg paper bags. Sewn up and loaded onto Euro pallets, they are leaving the Lotus company.
Comparing prices of food products always show that conventional goods are cheaper than organic products. However this price does not reflect on the whole impact that food and agriculture activities have on natural capital. These costs are called externalized costs and are normally not communicated and visible for the end consumer.
Economy of Love is calculating the True Cost of each product to reflect the impact we have on natural capital. The impact you have is calculated in monetary terms, so that “hidden costs” of production, which were externalized in the old system, are made visible.
The transport of Peppermint raw product is organized by the processing company Lotus. After the harvest of the Peppermint plants, Mohamed Taha Kasem, the driver of a small truck is traveling to the farm to pick up the raw Peppermint plants. After the transportation to Lotus, the plants are being processing in several steps.
Mohamed Taha Kasem is 31 years old and is responsible for picking up agriculture goods from farms all over Egypt.
Mohamed Ahmed is responsible for transporting the cleaned chamomile raw material from the Lotus factory to the Isis processing company.
Ahmed Helal is 38 years old and responsible to drive the finished tea products from the SEKEM processing center to the stores and logistic centers.