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Creating a



of SEKEM’s Employees receive sustainable-economic awareness trainings.

Creating a



of SEKEM’s action is to ensure a sustainable impact and engagement with the local community.

Life Long Learning &



of SEKEM employees have place to participate in regular creative activities

Protecting the



of SEKEM’s focus lies on proper waste management and optimizing its packaging material.


This sesame originated in Egypt, in locations along the Nile delta like Fayoum, Minia, Aswan, and more. It grows on Demeter and organic certified farms, following the holistic principles of Economy of Love.

Following biodynamic principles, the farms use biodynamic spray and compost preparations on the crop which boosts the quality and regenerative capacity of the soilre banned, this renunciation is actively protecting water and air from pollution.

The farms are treated as a whole organism in which each element of the farm contribute to its well-being. Plant waste and animal manure are treated into compost that boosts the regenerative ability of the soil and humus formation.

The sesame is cultivated according to the dates of the cosmic calendar, which puts it in total harmony with the land and the cosmic forces

Meet The Farmers

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Farmer in Giza, Egypt

Rafaat has been growing biodynamic crops, including sesame, on his farmland that has been Demeter certified for more than 25 years. He is one of the pioneers in biodynamic agriculture in Egypt, and is always making sure to stay updated with any new developments in the field.

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Farmer in Giza, Egypt

Tarek Waheed is one of the pioneers in converting to biodynamic agriculture. He started back in 1997 by certifying his farm Demeter and is staying ahead of the game by certifying his farm EoL. Tarek embodies EoL concepts with his literacy initiative now reaching 25 women participants.



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Farmer in Fayoum, Egypt

Gomaa Hassan has his own Demeter-certified biodynamic farmland in Fayoum, where he grows Sesame along with other crops. He’s been working in biodynamic agriculture for 24 years. Which is why he believes in the importance of growing biodynamic, as it protects his family’s health and his land’s ability to regenerate itself, allowing him to generate double the production


The sesame comes directly from the farm and arrives at Lotus company. Lotus does sample tests to ensure the organic and Demeter production of the sesame. Once it passes the test the sesame is then taken to be purified, sieved, and cleaned into raw sesame.

Lotus machines are currently running on non-renewable energy, but they have a plan to replace it with renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprint.

SEKEM provides health insurance and safe working conditions and promotes well-being for their worker.

Lotus insures the optimum use of resources by sorting out the sesame into three categories; 1st is the sesame product, 2nd is being turned into sesame oil and the 3rd is being transformed into compost, making sure that nothing goes to waste.


When the sesame arrive at the iSiS Organic Food Company, samples are taken to be tested to ensure the standards of organic and biodynamic approaches are met. The sesame arrives in 25KG paper bags that are then packed into the final paper packaging box.

EOL’s wheel of balance was inspired by SEKEM to maintain a balanced and positive impact on people and the environment.

Isis factory was able to reduce its organic wastes by 25% which reflect positive impact on the environment.

SEKEM is a role model for women empowerment and equality by developing a gender strategy with guidelines on how to support women in education and at work.

Packaging Material

The Sesame grain could 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 boxes are made of paper which is produced in a factory in Cairo that promotes worker safety and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

All of SEKEM actions are based on creating an ethical and sustainable economy with a positive impact on people and the environment.

Some packages require plastic wrap to meet customer’s requirements. but the company is committed to finding more eco-friendly alternatives.


The sesame grains packages are now ready to be distributed directly to your home, local shops, or overseas.

Calculating the estimated emissions from all the farmers and the transportation emissions from farm to the final consumer

Distribution process is under the supervision of Isis to ensure the selection of the shipping cars to be cleaned and qualified for the process.

The first choice is always sea freight to reduce emissions, however air fright is needed sometimes.

Meet The Employees

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Quality Manager in iSiS

Marwa has been working in the tea department of iSiS factory for more than 8 years. Together with her husband and two children, she lives on the SEKEM farm.


Factory Engineer at SEKEM

Ahmed has been working in SEKEM for four years, and lives right next to the SEKEM farm with his family.


Factory Engineer in Lotus

Hassan is in charge of the cleaning and packing machine in the processing facility of Lotus. He has been working in Lotus for 17 years and enjoys that work is combined with cultural programs.

Abd El Magid

Distributor in SEKEM

Abd El Magid has been an employee in SEKEM for over 15 years. He is responsible for distributing the finished products to stores all over Cairo.

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 this Anise is sequestering Co2e it is actually saving up to 0.35USD 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 Anise saves up to 0.35 USD/Kilo, by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere


Indirect Costs include:



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, and loss of biodiversity.




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    (Co2e) Carbon dioxide and equivalent; is a metric that  accounts for carbon dioxide and  the other greenhouse gases (methane, nitrous oxide, and others)

    Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change

    Full-cost accounting (also referred to as true-cost accounting, total value or total impact) is an approach that gives monetary value to non-market goods, such as environmental and social assets, in order to analyze the costs and benefits of business and/or policy decisions.

    Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, that requires the farmer to be highly connected to nature, and the ecosystem, in order to work with nature, and grow food organically, regenerate landscapes, sequesters carbon, and maintain biodiversity on the farm