Thursday, May 17, 2007
The importance of Geographic Indications: Adloun's watermelon growers complain about the usurpation of their name and reputation by other producers and importers, who sell imported watermelon as "Adlouni Watermelon". Geographic Indications or Indications of Origins are certifications that allow local small holders to create cooperative control over a produce or a product they have developed over the years, and that has a special reputation (like Camembert cheese in France is an "appelation d'origine controllee"). Lebanon is currently working on the GI legislation, and soon there will be 2 certified products: Hasbayya's olive oil and Kafarfila's sweet onions. Stay posted for news of Lebanese GI, I'm working on the project.