Non-Profit Org Brings the Benefits of Fair Trade to U.S. Farm Workers
OAKLAND, Calif., October 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Today marks the start of Fair Trade Month and the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade USA, the award-winning social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America.
October is a month full of months … and days. There’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Non-GMO Month, with National Kale Day, World Food Day, the International Day of Rural Women and, of course, National Cat Day, sprinkled throughout. There are a lot of things to celebrate in October, and in a way, Fair Trade Month connects them all. October is a month that shows how much people care — about other people, about living beings, about our food and about the planet. This too is the heart of Fair Trade.
It's ironic, isn't it? That many of the farmers and workers who grow the world's food struggle to feed their own families.
Chronic hunger and malnutrition are pervasive in agricultural communities across the globe. Many farmers skip meals so their kids don't go hungry, with entire families suffering the most between harvests--a time known as "the thin months".
Info-graphics that explain how Fair Trade addresses some pretty serious stuff
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Child labor is a critical issue in our food systems. In fact, recent studies show that instances of child labor are increasing in some of the world's more important agricultural regions, like in West African cocoa production for example.
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Fair Trade Month is here! From environmental protection to poverty alleviation, there are plenty of reasons to support Fair Trade. Help us celebrate the incredible people who grow, sew and craft our favorite products this October (and every day of the year!).
With Fair Trade, the money you spend on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community's day-to-day lives. Visit BeFair.orgto learn how you can help.
Your purchases can help farming families in 70 countries earn fair wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and keep their kids in school. Buying Fair Trade is an easy way to support hard-working people who grow and sew the products we love.
Guest blog post from Brian Durkee, Chief Operating Officer at Numi Tea
This guest blog post comes to us from Brian Durkee, Chief Operating Officer at Numi Organic Tea. Having worked with Fair Trade Tea farmers since 2003, Brian has seen it all. He is a true champion for improving the lives of tea workers, and he was eager to help bring the same benefits to the producers of Numi's newest ingredient. Read on to learn more about the process:
Illustration explains how Fair Trade works to improve lives and protect the planet.
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It turns out, good practices and good products go hand in hand. A growing number of farmers, factories, businesses, and consumers are seeing how investing in people best secures the future of the products (and planet) we love. By purchasing Fair Trade, you join a virtuous circle that improve lives, protects the environment, and produces high-quality products for you and your family to enjoy.
Learn more about how Fair Trade works by visiting BeFair.org