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Finding and Discovering Fairtrade Food
By Yvonne Jeffery, Liz Barclay & Michael Grosvenor

The idea of Fairtrade is that more of the money you pay when you buy an item goes to the producers who then can pay their workers better and invest more in their businesses. It's a trading partnership that aims at sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers.

In the United States, you can find a range of goods (approximately 300 of them, from chocolate to herbs to footballs!) with the Fairtrade logo on them, many of which are available at stores near you or via online shopping. You can even find coffee shops that distinguish themselves by selling only Fairtrade-certified coffee.

The Fairtrade program aims to make sure that:

  • Producers are paid a fair price that covers their production and living costs so that they have some security, they have long-term contracts and therefore can plan ahead, and their businesses are sustainable.

  • The extra money you pay goes toward other aspects of the producers' welfare, such as education.

  • Producers and workers are allowed to join unions and other organizations that can protect their rights and ensure that they have fair working conditions.

  • No child labor is used.

  • Production methods are environmentally friendly and pesticide-free.

Find more information about Fairtrade on the Web site for Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, an umbrella group that deals with a number of different certification programs around the world:



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