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Where does your Food come from?

Shopping at the supermarket is quite an adventure, the variety and quantity of brands of all colors and shapes make it difficult to decide what products to take home. However, as I am sure you know, our health depends practically on what we eat? That one of the secrets of youth is what we consume, therefore the quality of food has a relevant impact on our quality of life.

Although the current tendency is to be more aware of the food that we we put in our mouths, people invest much of their income in buying the wrong products, but some just do not really understand where these foods come from and where the money invested goes to. To avoid being influenced by misleading advertising, the best solution is to be informed, identify the source of your food and take the task of getting to know local products. In parallel, it is the duty of any responsible trader to work under ethical values to ensure the best quality products. This is the vision of Raquel Marco, owner of Mercadito Biológico, who has developed a sales platform for local producers where they can sell their certified organic products at an afordable price.

El Mercadito Biológico is the ideal showcase for local producers throughout the country to offer their products such as Café Palmira, from the Amistad International Park; Finca Mango y Papaya in Penonomé, where black and red wild rice is produced, and is hand-piled preserving traditional methods. Up In The Hill in Bocas del Toro, in addition to being an organic farm where cocoa is harvested and coconut oil and cosmetics based on native Panamanian products are made. You can even make a trip to the farm, as they offer cozy cabins for tourists.

Representing the highlands of Panama, the Organic Group of Farmers from Cerro Punta (GORACE by its initials in Spanish) stands out from the pact. They have been the first to work on organic agriculture in the country and have been certified since  1990. Meanwhile, Finca Jade is building the largest greenhouse in Central America and currently offers organic fruits, cheeses and vegetables. Finca Terra in San Carlos produces chicken and eggs, as well as Finca Baby Mollet in Volcan and Finca La Jefecita in Darién.

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