What is Fair trade? Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. Taken from Wikipedia
Why is it important to buy Fair Trade Certified products? Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
Living in Africa for a few years opened my eyes to how people outside of the US live and how the west sometimes takes advantage of their neediness. Young kids are almost always among the people who get taken advantage of, they work to help their family and usually end up getting paid only pennies a day. Fair Trade Certification gives the producer groups fair prices, fair labor conditions, help with community development, keeping it environmentally sustainable and using direct trade, working directly with the importer, eliminating the middlemen.
Are Fair trade Products safe? Some people worry about the Fair Trade products that they buy not being up to US standards, but Don’t be, because the producer groups have been inspected to see if they meet the strict International Fair Trade criteria. Once approved, most producers are re-inspected annually.
Where can you buy Fair Trade products? TransFair USA has suggestions as to Where to Buy Fair Trade Certified Products. Offering products like Coffee, Chocolate, Energy bars, Flowers, Wine and much more. Just look for the label!