One of the many things that has impressed us here in the UK is the use of fair trade items. Fair Trade certification insures that the product that you purchase has been fair to the farmer originally producing the goods. For example
farmers who produce goods in this program such as bananas, coco for chocolate, coffee, tea, cotton, and a host of other products are paid a fair price, a living wage, for their work and products. Watch this video and see how Fair Trade products impact communities.
The fair trade movement has spread here quite well. Our church in Durham has a fair trade shop where people can purchase chocolates, sweets, tea, coffee and sugar. There are a large number of products in the stores as well which bear this fair trade label.
In fact I can not pass a single section of the grocery store that doesn’t contain products with this symbol. In the states we often purchased fair trade products from the United Methodist Committee on Relief UMCOR.
In what ways have you seen fair trade in action where you live? Are you able to find products in your stores that have a fair trade symbol? When we return to the states I want to do better about looking for them and requesting them from places we shop in America. We can all be better stewards to the earth and the people working on it.