In the mainstream news media, the Fair Trade is never mentioned. As a result, very few people know about Fair Trade.
Just think about the coffee that consumers buy from Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. These two cafes have the Fair Trade labels on their packaged coffee bags. Fair Trade is a trade system that is consists of the relationships and the partnerships in the global marketplace. This also allows farmers and artisans to receive a fair price for their products as well as providing healthy communities and a preserved environment. This is a great example of a global economy that deals with people to people connections.
For those people who want to mention the Fair Trade Certified products, the price is regulated by Fair Trade Labeling. The price attempts to cover the cost of production and to provide a decent return to the farmer. For example, coffee is $1.26 per pound. Unlike coffee, other certified products’ prices is meant for the cost of production and to provide families with a decent standard of living. These items are usually sold by the Fair Trade Federation members, in which the people make a comfortable living.
Many of these people build businesses and communities by creating scholarship funds, buildings, schools, health clinics, women’s programs, among other community business venues. This is the result of Fair Trade producer cooperatives and artisan collectives re-investing their money.
It is only fair that these farmers and others receive a fair share from their products instead of getting ripped off. These people are encouraged to engage in sustainable production methods. Approximately 85 percent of Fair Trade Certified coffee is organic. Farmers avoid the use of toxic agrochemicals for pest management. They also enforce integrated crop management.
This organization does its best to promote farmer and artisan empowerment in their communities and in the global marketplace. For example, the banana growers and tea pickers do their work in places, such as estates, that the Fair Trade provides money that usually put into a fund. This money is managed and controlled by the farmers. The money is used to enhance the community interests by having access to healthcare and providing education, among other community happening. Women are definitely encouraged to be in Fair Trade and to become leaders of cooperatives. Much of the money is invested in women’s programs.
Earlier in the story, the term Fair Trade Certified was mentioned. These products are certified by TransFair USA. At the present time, this certifies products, such as coffee, tea, cocoa, mangoes, bananas, and grapes. In the future, this certifier wants to expand certification to include other commodities, such as rice, sugar, and other grains. These products are available in places, such as in almost every grocery store, gift shops, museum stores, restaurants, and cafes. These products are also available on the Internet.
Here are a few activities that consumers can do to promote Fair Trade:
1.) When shopping, look for products with the Fair Trade Certified Label. The labels are often on coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, mangoes, and other fresh fruit.
2.) Also when purchasing other products, such as gifts, clothing, and fairly trade craft, the consumers can give the Fair Trade Foundation members their support.
3.) One of the great ways to promote Fair Trade, consumers can form an Adoption Team with their support system, such as school, community center, and their friends.
4.) You can inform or educate others by bringing information about Fair Trade to distribute at any community event.
The Fair Trade can be a very rewarding experience not only with the farmers and artisans, but also with the environment. With this organization, the world will be a better place with a healthier environment, functioning communities, and better paid farmers and artisans.