Fair Trade Related News & Articles

How Corporations Make Profits by Associating Themselves with Charitable Causes

Companies like Starbucks have figured out that they can make more money by attaching their profits to causes that people care about.

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Fair Trade, Carbon Footprints and Affordable Food - Biopesticides help Balance the Books

Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 in the UK focused on - The Big Swap - when consumers have been encouraged to swap their usual purchase for a fair trade alternative.

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Sweden Labels Food With CO2 Data

Experts say these guidelines, if heeded by consumers, could decrease Sweden's emissions by 20 to 50 percent.

The Swedish government in 2009 announced new food guidelines that recommend eating habits based on greenhouse-gas emissions. Experts say these guidelines, if heeded by consumers, could decrease Sweden's emissions by 20 to 50 percent.

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Does Fair Trade Coffee Lift Growers Out of Poverty or Simply Ease Our Guilty Conscience?

Is the Fair Trade movement just a marketing scheme or does it truly provide a living wage for coffee growers?

How many times a day do you consume a food produced by a subsistence farmer on the other side of the world? Whether it's chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar or bananas, most Americans regularly enjoy inexpensive tropical foods, but far fewer actually think about the effects on the people or the environment where those products are grown. The Fair Trade movement represents one attempt to change this by reminding consumers that their lifestyles rely on faraway farmers and laborers and offering them an opportunity to ensure their purchases come from farmers paid a fair price.

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The Importance of Fair Trade and Ethical Products

These days technology is rising quickly, and it still does because it makes people's life easier. Nowadays the web is used to do pretty much anything, from finding basic to complex information, meeting new people and even buying and selling products. Not like the old day when people need to buy something they always go to the market. Today we can stay at home, open our web browsers and with a few clicks we can get what we are looking for by having it conveniently shipped to our homes.

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Carbon Footprint Versus Fair Trade

For those of you unfamiliar with the term "carbon footprint" and its implications or are unsure what is meant by "fair-trade" here is a brief explanation.

Carbon footprint is defined by the UK carbon trust as being: "...the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly or indirectly by an individual organization, event or product." In the context of this article it applies specifically to carbon emissions given out by various transport modes during their endeavors to deliver commodities from A to B.

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Mainstreaming Fair Trade: The Role of Consumers

Many Fair Trade products exist, such as handicrafts, flowers and paper, but the main products are coffee, bananas, tea and chocolate. In 2003, global sales of Fair Trade products surpassed $700 million. In 2005, there were 433 producer groups globally working with 5 million farmers and their families, up from 360 in 2002. Since 2001, export prices for coffee have dropped from $1.00 to $0.49c/lb, but Fair Trade coffee prices have remained at $1.26/lb, preventing many small scale farmers from bankruptcy. Nonetheless, Fair Trade has remained a niche market.

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Fair Trade Is In Crisis

"Fair Trade is in crisis", says Frans Van der Hoff, one of the co-founders of the Fair Trade system in an interview aired on CBC Radio in Canada. Phyllis Robinson has written an article about the interview on Small Farmers. Big Change. We find this article and this subject very important so we re-publish the article below.

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Top 10 Reasons to Support Fair Trade

Top 10 reasons to support fair Trade is an article we have seen posted on many different web sites and we republish the article here for you to enjoy. We can't give credit to the author because we don't know who have written the article originally. If you know, please tell us.

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10 Standards of Fair Trade

In an article on World Fair Trade Organization's (WFTO) web site, WFTO describes 10 Standards that Fair Trade organisations must follow in their day-to-day work. WFTO also carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld:

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