Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month, so what is Fair Trade? This is what TransFair USA says are the principles of Fair Trade.
  • Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
  • Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
During Fair Trade Month why not try and switch one product you use to Fair Trade? If you already use Fair Trade products share your favorites below and be sure to spread the word about Fair Trade.


mudnessa said...

I buy fair trade sugar and a few other products. I really need to start buying fair trade chocolate.

Green Bean said...

Ha! I'm just like mudnessa! Green minds think alike. I do buy fair trade chocolate some of the time but I've yet to find a brand of FT chocolate that I really really love.

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Me too. I've known for some time that I should buy fair trade chocolate, but I just haven't....yet. I don't eat a ton of chocolate, that's how I justify it. I don't drink coffee, so I don't have to worry about that. I need to look into what other products it's important to make sure are fair trade.


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