What is fair trade? What qualifies as a fair trade product? How can I know if a product is ‘fair trade’? What industries are affected?
from wikipedia – Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.
The major difference between fair trade and free trade is the focus. Free trade is a term used by countries interested in economic growth. Fair trade seeks to empower marginalized people and improve the quality of their lives.
Look for this symbol on packaging to signify that a product is fair trade produced.