Fair Trade America interviewed key people at three companies that have committed to Fair Trade. Their responses should be enough to convince you how important it is to buy / coffee, chocolate, & tea that has the FairTrade seal (and the Organic seal, of course). Vague terms such as ‘fairly traded’ or ’sustainably grown’ are often used to cover up products that aren’t … [Read more...] about If It’s Not Fair Trade, It’s Not Fair to Small Producers
Those who buy chocolate (or coffee or tea or bananas or …) that does not follow international FairTrade standards are saving money by buying the products of exploitation. Demand that shops carry FairTrade and eliminate products based on exploiting others! Here's an update on the cacao/chocolate business. Hershey, Nestle, & M&M Mars are all part of the problem, … [Read more...] about Do you buy chocolate produced by slaves?
Fair Trade isn't just about coffee. Many commodities are subject to abuse by large trading corporations and large growers. Coffee is perhaps the largest volume, but tea, chocolate, sugar, bananas, and many others are also important. Chocolate is subject not only to the normal trade abuses but is known for its use of child workers—slaves who are sold to the cocoa plantation … [Read more...] about Chocolate: The Bitter Truth
by Julia Ward In my opinion, fair trade is just that. The fair trade market itself has been progressing and becoming more popular but because of its popularity, it has attracted not just individuals, but communities and organizations to make it become more of a movement. By buying products that have a label saying "Fair Trade Certified", you are guaranteed that the money from … [Read more...] about Not a Market, But a Movement