- Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
- Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
- Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
- Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
- Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
- Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
Since we have become distanced from the growing of our food and the making of our products, we often how no idea what goes on in these processes. Sadly the way many of the things we buy are made, hurt people. Working conditions for many of the workers making our products are dangerous, pay is terrible and sometimes even slave and child labor is used.
Thankfully there is an option to help stop unfair labor, buying Fair Trade products helps show companies that we want fair trade. While coffee, tea and chocolate are some of the more common fair trade items, you can find dozens of products made with fair trade. Everything from fruits to flowers and even sports balls come Fair Trade Certified.
How do you know if an item was made using fair trade? Look for this label-
Fair trade is becoming more popular in Oklahoma with stores, like Native Roots Market in Norman, that cater to fair trade products. Norman Oklahoma has even become a Fair Trade City. It’s only the 17th city in the US to become a Fair Trade City and the first in Oklahoma. Even major chain stores are starting to carry more fair trade products. So consider starting to switch some of the products you use to fair trade products. It will help make a difference in people’s lives.
Also be sure to sign the World Fair Trade Day 2011 declaration and so we can help show the world we want fair trade.
For more information visit-
Make Trade Fair
Norman Fair Trade
About the Author
Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.