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Why Should You Care About Fair Trade?
About 56% of all fair-trade farmers are also organic.
But what does that even mean?
Well, to start, “fair trade” basically means to protect prices for farmers across the entire planet. It also means paying careful attention to how food products are farmed and made, as each step has an effect on people and the planet. All products should be made in an ethical way also.
The goal is to keep power from becoming too consolidated into too few hands, which frequently leads to harmful consequences to many others.
Why should you the consumer care about fair trade?
You get the product that you get at a set price. What difference does it make how that product gets to your store shelves?
Well, remember fair trade does much more than simply protect prices for smaller-scale farmers. It also holds larger companies accountable for how they affect the environment and society. Fair trade includes prohibitions against child labor and using GMO practices when growing crops.
How Do You Add Fair Trade Foods to Your Diet?
Well, look for certifications that prioritize smaller-scale farmers. That’s because they’re the ones predominantly using organic farming practices. Larger companies, for the most part, do not.
Some of the labels also include standards for using democratic processes in creating cooperatives and other farmer-led associations. Unfortunately, it seems as though fair trade falls victim to unethical behavior sometimes also.
Once you understand fair trade labels, then you can identify which foods to buy that fall under such a definition.
Why is this a big deal?
With coffee, for example, 72% of fair trade farmers can’t find a fair trade buyer. Imagine how much coffee we Americans consume each year.
And then imagine that nearly ¾ of that could be bought in a way that’s practically guaranteed to be fair to both the farmer and planet.
As it currently stands, who knows how much of the coffee consumed in the US depends on slave labor, or farmers living on nearly starvation wages? And who knows how much damage may be done to the environment in the process?
That’s what fair trade gets down to for you. Maybe to you immediately at the moment, it doesn’t make a big difference.
But, when you choose fair trade products, you do people living thousands of miles away, and the planet as a whole (including your own local environment), a little bit of good.