Fair Trade on the Table
(Fair Trade USA will be featuredÂ at the Certification, Consumption, and Change Conference, on April 5th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. To find out more about the conference, check out: http://www.justmeans.com/pages/Washington-DC)
FairÂ tradeÂ productsÂ represent one of the fastest growing sectors of the food industry, thanks in no small part to Fair Trade USA, a non-profit third-party fair trade certifier. Fair Trade USAÂ ecourages sustainable developmentÂ all over the world by working with farmers and businesses to ultimately strengthen local economies, communities, and environments that would otherwise be victim to the perils of conventional agricultural production. It's a big issue, and Fair Trade USA is taking giant steps towards making the global agriculture scene more just.
So much of the food we eatÂ is grown inÂ developing countries, whereÂ farmers and workers have minimal rights and limited access to resources. This is particularly true when it comes to the specialty foods we can't seem to live without,Â most notablyÂ coffee and chocolate. Fair Trade USAÂ works with farmers on one end, helping them toÂ create a moreÂ wholly sustainableÂ production system, but also aimsÂ to educate consumers. By growing more consciousÂ consumers who demand responsible products, Fair Trade USA hopes to help bring about a shift in the way that companies do business.Â Shifting the way we think about buisiness will allow industry to be both profitable and competitive while also helping to restore the environment andÂ adhere to social responsibility.
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