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of the product price is directly going to the farmers to cover the farm cost and a fair compensation for farmers.
of full-time employees who worked to produce this product receive health insurance and safe working conditions.
Life Long Learning &
of the working time is dedicated to art and self-development activities; to promote wellbeing and happines at work.
were sequestered/absorbed by the soil, per kilo of dates produced, reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change.
The SEKEM Dates were grown on two farms in the Wahat El-Baharya, an oasis in central Egypt. The palm trees are growing under biodynamic principles of agriculture, which is the most holistic and highest form of organic agriculture that supports the balance of eco-systems, enriches biodiversity and protects the water and air from pollution.
The Economy of Love farmers are demonstrating the effectiveness of mitigating climate change through sustainable agricultural practices and simoultaniously generating more income through the production of EoL Carbon Credits.
Economy of Love Date farms do not monoculture (grow one crop only) Date palm trees. They grow liquorice, and other crops below and in between the palm trees to enrich biodiversity, and create a healthier, more sustainable, and resilient farm ecosystem.
EoL provides guidance and support for small-scale farmers through engineers offering their consultancies every step of the way, to ensure the effective guidance throughout the agricultural seasons.
Meet The Farmers
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Farmer in El Wahat El Bahareya, Egypt
Marzouq Ahmed and his brother Ibrahim are owners of the El-Rahma Date farm in Baharyais. For over thirty years he and Ibrahim are supplying Sekem with their biodynamic dates.
Farmer in El Wahat El Bahareya, Egypt
Zohir Mohamed Ismael, the manager of Mandisha Farm, has been managing the farm together with his father and brother ever since they merged their three farms together. They’ve been cultivating biodynamic dates since 1998.
The dates arrive directly from Wahat to iSiS factory in Adlya. Samples are taken to ensure their compliance with the organic standard. After that the dates are cleaned, dried in the oven and stones are removed from them by hand.
Oven dried dates has a higher level of iron and calcium than fresh dates. In addition to that, the high temperature purifies the dates from harmful bacteria.
After pitting the dates, the stones are sent to sites to be reused either as animal fodder or compost. Both sites are located on the same farm the factory is.
The water used in washing the dates is reused in the irrigation of trees on the factory property.
Now that the dates are ready, they are moved on to the next stage to be packaged in 10KG cartons and they are ready for distribution.
When entering the dates department in iSiS, you will find confident and active women all around you. The factory makes sure to offer women empowerment sessions that build their capacity and teach them how to voice their needs and individuality.
The dates department in iSiS factory consist of a team called “The date ladies” who pit and organize each individual date with careful hands.
iSiS employees are part of the core program Sekem offers, which includes art, music and environmental awareness sessions.
The dates may be responsibly grown and processed, but its packaging material and the companies from which they are sourced do also have a huge impact on the products’ lifetime, and cannot be neglected.
The packaging of the dates consists of cardboard, and a plastic insulator sheet. The boxes are biodegradable and the sheets are recyclable.
During the processing of the dates they are kept in these blue polyethylene bags that are recyclable.
iSiS factory sells their non-organic waste left from the processing stage to external recycling entities in Egypt.
The Date boxes are now ready to be loaded in Sekem’s trucks that are prepared and ready to deliver the dates to the port where it’ll be shipped to Germany for Lubs to receive.
iSiS opts for sea fright in the transportation of the dates to reduce their emissions.
The company’s transportation emissions are calculated and monitored to actively work on finding ways to reduce the emissions and then offsetting the rest that can’t be helped. Check out iSiS’s assigned credits.
Drivers have a limit on the number of hours they can drive per day, to ensure their safety.
Meet The Employees
The people who processed, packaged and distributed your product
Quality Manager in iSiS
Marwa has been working in the iSiS factory for more than 8 years. Together with her husband and two children, she lives on the SEKEM farm.
Date Ladies, Team Leader
Fatma is part of the team that removes the date-stones in the processing facility of iSiS. She has been working for nine years in the company.
Dates Packaging, Team Leader
Yasmin is in charge of the packaging of Dates in the processing facility of iSiS. She has been working in iSiS for six years and enjoys the good and healthy team spirit.
Distributor in SEKEM
Abdallah has been an employee in SEKEM for over five years. He is responsible for distributing the finished products all over Egypt.
What is the True Price?
Are there hidden costs that the price doesn't reflect?
True Price Comparision
Sustainably & ethically produced products add value to society. However, when comparing prices, we don’t take into account the long-term impact of the product. For example, since these Dates are sequestering Co2e it is actually saving up to 0.14USD per kilo! This means that it is cheaper than products that emit Co2e, but so often the price tag doesn’t reflect that.
We encourage you to compare products based on their true price; the price that reflects the hidden costs that we and future generations eventually pay for.
This cultivation of Dates saves up to 0.25 USD/Kilo, by sequestering carbon into the soil.
Examples of Hidden Costs
Costs that are not reflected on the price tag, but are eventually paid by society
Society is paying taxes to clean water sources from agriculture’s chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as the irresponsible disposal of wastewater from factories, in order to make it usable/drinkable water.
The use of pesticides in agriculture eventually affects the human body and therefore increases medical treatment costs.
Society has to bear the long-term cost caused by disruptive agriculture e.g. soil erosion, desertification, loss of biodiversity.
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