•Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for
the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability.
•Organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. Focus: handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine,
chocolate, fruit, flowers & gold. Wikipedia
•What is Fair Trade Certification?
Much like Organic certification, Fair Trade certification lets you know about the origin of a product. Fair Trade Certified
products come from all over the world, but share a common history. Farmers who grow Fair Trade products receive a fair
price, and their communities and the environment benefit as well.
•Fair Trade Certified coffee directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing
world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship.
•Fair Trade farmers market their own harvests through direct, long-term contracts with
international buyers, learning how to manage their businesses and compete in
the global marketplace. Receiving a fair price for their harvest allows these farmers to invest in their families' health care
and education, reinvest in quality and protect the environment.
•This empowerment model lifts farming families from poverty through trade, not aid, creating
a more equitable and sustainable model of international trade that benefits producers, consumers, industry
and the Earth.
•The Fair Trade Certified label is backed by TransFair USA, the primary third-party certifier
of Fair Trade products for the U.S. market.
Facts and Figures on the Fair Trade Discussion:
•1.4 billion - estimated number of people in the world existing on less than $1.25
/ day, according to Bread for the World
•2.7 billion - estimated number of people in the world existing on less than $2
/ day, according to the World Bank
•30% - women in non-agricultural conventional production in developing countries
in 2004, according to the United Nations
•76% - women engaged in non-agricultural fair trade production in 2008, according
to the Fair Trade Federation's 2009 Market Trend Report (up from 70% in 2004)
•284,000 - number of children in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon
working in hazardous tasks on conventional cocoa farms, according to a 2002 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture study directly involving 4,500+ producers.
•15,000 - number of children aged 9 to 12 in the Ivory Coast alone who have been sold into forced labor on conventional cotton,
coffee, and cocoa plantations, according to a 2000 US State Department report
•7.5 million - individuals in 2008 that directly benefit from Fair Trade Certified production, according to the Fairtrade Labelling
•Comparing Conventional and Fair Trade in Coffee
•2 cents - amount farmers on conventional farms receive from the average $3 latte, according to Transfair USA
•10 cents - amount of social premium paid on top of the per kilo price to fair trade certified coffee farmers, according to Fairtrade
Labeling Organization standards
•20 cents - amount of social premium paid on top of the per kilo price to fair trade certified coffee farmers for organic coffee, according to Fairtrade Labeling Organization standards
•$70 billion - amount
African countries could generate if their share of world exports
increased by 1% - approximately five times what the continent receives in aid -
according to Oxfam International's Make
Trade Fair Report.
•30 cents of every $1 - amount of foreign investment that ends up back in donor countries through profit transfers, according to Oxfam International'sMake Trade Fair Report.
•$13 billion - total amount required to provide basic education and nutrition in all developing countries, according to the 2005 UNICEF State of the World's ChildrenReport
•$25 billion - amount spent annually on US farm subsidies, according to a 2007 Heritage Foundation report
•$40-70 billion - amount required to meet all eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, according to the United Nations
What we all can do •Support businesses with Fair Trade Items:
•Trader Joe’s 3044 E.
Walton Blvd Rochester MI
•Trader Joe’s 20490
Haggerty Rd Northville, MI
•Trader Joe’s 2396 East
Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor, MI
•Trader Joe’s 31221 W 14
Mile Farmington Hills, MI
•Salvation Army-Sally Ann Products
•Women At Risk-Grand Rapids, MI
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