Dear Leah Renee,
I’ve heard of the term “fair trade” and seen the occasional logo on some products I purchase, but I’m unsure what significance it has, really! ~Diana, NM
Have you ever played a game with someone who cheated, and won? “That’s not fair!!!!!!”, you say, right?! Well funny enough it happens in the game of life, too. We live in a world where some people play fair, and some people don’t. The good news is you get to choose who’s team you’re on. The thing is, you may not know how to join the team. The easiest way: what you buy. That’s the best strategy, purchasing power. Enter fair trade certified.
What it is:
A movement which strives for fair, ethical treatment of farmers. Farmers who are a part of the fair trade agreement pay their workers a fair price, and participate in environmentally-friendly practices. They negotiate with purchasers to receive a fair price on their products. Products also must respect certain environmental standards, such as water pollution prevention and forest protection, and be GMO-free.
It all got started about sixty years ago to help connect poor farmers and others in third-world countries with first-world to help them sell their products to more well-off customers in developed countries.
Why it matters:
It’s ensuring the ethical treatment of workers who make it possible for you to enjoy the coffee and chocolate you consume. The industry is as jaded as any others you’ve heard about with forced child labor and dire working conditions. It’s nasty stuff, and totally “unfair”. Buying fair trade gives those who care (us consumers) a piece of mind. You get to support the greater good!
If you see one of these labels, it means that the farmer has received a fair price for the commodity:
Items that can be purchased Fair Trade:
- Chocolate & Cocoa
- Produce like bananas, mangoes, apples, and pineapples
- Sugar like agave, cane sugars, white, brown, and powdered
- Tea like green, black, white, and oolong
- Honey from places like Asia & Latin America
- Nuts & Seeds, Oils, and Olives
- Spices like cinnamon, turmeric, and cumin
- Grains like quinoa, rice, and soybeans
Here are some of MY fave fair trade items:
Here’s list of some conscious companies:
Badger, Aura Cacia, Alter Ego Foods, Divine Chocolates, Endangered Species, Celestial Seasonings, Larabar, Dr. Bronners, Honest Tea, Navitas Naturals, Numi Organic Tea, Nutiva, Sambazon, Spectrum, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, The Republic of Tea.
Love this pic:
The BEST video of chocolate farmers trying chocolate for THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER:
Do you buy fair trade products? Which ones are your favorites? 🙂