Saturday 14th May is World Fair Trade Day. You may have heard of Fair Trade or recognise the Fair Trade logo on the right. But why does Fair Trade matter? Well because, it’s a really practical tool in the fight against poverty, exploitation, climate change and the economic crises that have the greatest impact on the world’s most poor and vulnerable. In short, it matters a great deal.
Buying Fair Trade products is a very direct way in which we can help the world’s poor. There is a now a huge variety of Fair Trade products available including an ever increasing number of food products, from teas and coffee to bananas, many spices, black pepper, olive oil and fruits such as lemons, limes, pineapples and mangoes. You can even buy Fair Trade wine and chocolate, (what an awesome feel good factor that is). But what does Fair Trade actually mean?
Fair Trade products are produced in developing countries and are all about giving poorer farmers a better deal. Fair Trade can be the difference between farmers earning enough money to feed their families or going hungry. It’s also about decent and safe working conditions and fair terms of trade. Fair Trade benefits small scale farmers who are amongst the most marginalised groups globally. It offers them a better life through trade rather than aid. It re-invests in local communities improving housing, healthcare and schools and is better for the environment since it supports sustainable practices that minimise the environmental footprint.
As the consumer, you get a good deal too. High quality products that also make a real difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat. Since crops are often grown and harvested in smaller quantities, Fair Trade food is often fresher and tastier. The products are less contaminated since they limit the use of harmful agrochemicals that can be dangerous to the farmer’s health and indeed many Fair Trade products are also organic.
Whilst Fair Trade alternatives to the products you normally buy may sometimes cost a few pence more, it is money well spent. You can be sure that the money is going back to the farmer who grew the product rather than huge corporations. By choosing Fair Trade, you are having a direct impact on the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. They are working hard and they really need your support.
99% of recipes on this site use Fair Trade products. The ingredients lists tell you where a Fair Trade alternative is available. Switch to Fair Trade and start making a difference today.
Visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk for more information.