is a buzz word for a
movement that helps you bring justice to third world countries. The cheap
prices you pay at WalMart (I don't go into that store!) are subsidized on
the backs of exploited workers around the world. Below are several
Web sites that help you participate in this movement.
"In today's world economy,
where profits rule and small-scale producers are left out of the
bargaining process, farmers, craft producers, and other workers are often
left without resources or hope for their future. Fair Trade helps
exploited producers escape from this cycle and gives them a way to
maintain their traditional lifestyles with dignity. Fair Trade encompasses
a range of goods, from agricultural commodities like coffee, chocolate,
and tea, to handcrafts like clothing, household items, and decorative
arts. Our Fair Trade campaigns and stores offer a variety of ways for you
to support this growing movement for social justice!
"Fair Trade involves the
Producers receive a fair price -
a living wage. For commodities, farmers receive a stable, minimum
Forced labor and exploitative
child labor are not allowed
Buyers and producers trade under
direct long-term relationships
Producers have access to
financial and technical assistance
techniques are encouraged
Working conditions are healthy
Equal employment opportunities
are provided for all
All aspects of trade and
production are open to public accountability."
The International Fair Trade Association
- the global association of Fair Trade
IFAT members are committed to being open,
transparent and accountable to their stakeholders. Learn
*F L O - Fair Trade Labeling
FLO is the worldwide Fairtrade
Standard setting and Certification organisation. It permits more than
800,000 producers and their dependants in more than 40 countries to
benefit from labelled Fairtrade. FLO guarantees that products sold
anywhere in the world with a
Fairtrade label marketed by a National
Initiative conforms to Fairtrade Standards and contributes to the
development of disadvantaged producers.
- Fair Trade Certifier
A living wage for farmers. During an unprecedented
slump in world coffee prices, Fair Trade has become more important than
"A new model for business based on the "triple bottom
line"—a fair deal for farmers and workers, environmental
sustainability, and profitability for all parties in the chain of
"An international movement with roots going back 50 years. TransFair
USA is one of 17 national Fair Trade certification initiatives in Europe,
North America and Japan. Together, these initiatives make up the Fair
Trade Labeling Organizations International, www.fairtrade.net."
Trade Resource Network "raises consumer
awareness about improving people's lives through Fair Trade alternatives.
Explore our site to learn how you can improve lives as a conscious
Trade Federation (FTF)
is an association of fair trade wholesalers,
retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair
wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged
artisans and farmers worldwide.
Centric is a volunteer run cooperative project, formed in
March 2004 to:
FTF directly links low-income producers with consumer markets and educates
consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which
support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for workers in the
- Raise public
awareness about the unbalanced state of our world - specifically
environmental destruction and the growing social & economic
- To raise awareness of
ourselves as "global citizens" and the impact of our
choices and actions on the well-being and health of all the
world’s peoples and environments.
- To actively
participate in the creation of local cooperative community networks
which can provide for the needs of the local community equitably and
ÚSources of Fair-Traded
goods from third-world countries:
Fair Trade Friends
on the Fairtrade
button at Equal
Fair Trade Federation - http://www.fairtradefederation.com/
Global Exchange - http://store.globalexchange.org/
See also http://www.globalexchange.org/
- This site is a little gypsy wild, but if you like tea, there's lots
here, organic and fair traded
to spending money on "STUFF" -
links to over 205 of the
best organizations and web sites on peace, the environment, sustainability
on Less & Love It! from
Mother Earth News
Alternatives for Simple Livinghttp://www.simpleliving.org/
"Live simply so others can simply live"
American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly
to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social
ConsciousChoice - lots of info on alternative medicine/food
A Yahoo group discussing
simple living, sustainable agriculture, etc
An alternative to spending money on "stuff" that you and I don't
need is to support programs that help poor people build their own
economies that don't rely on foreign trade. Here are some examples:
Hunger, Caring for the Earth"
"Heifer animals (and training in their care) offer hungry families
around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant.
Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school,
health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate
needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally
sound agricultural techniques."
World Relief http://www.lwr.org/index.html
others, through others
"Lutheran World Relief works with partners in
50 countries, to help people grow food, improve health, strengthen
communities, end conflict, build livelihoods and recover from
disasters." Example of a LWR project - the Hekima
Project in Dodoma, Tanzania.
Security - Justice for our Farmers - Fair Trade on the Home Front
as it is not just to pay third world farmers and artisans less than a fair
price for their goods, it is unjust to take advantage of our farmers
and farm workers who are paid poverty wages or less than their costs of
production. It is also unwise to depend on imports for so much of our
food. The Food Security movement seeks to redress this issue by supporting
farmer-consumer contact through farmers'
Supported Agriculture (CSA's - see also here),
co-ops, and locally owned
health food stores and also through lobbying for
Social Statement on Economic Life
Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All
Food Security Coalition is dedicated to building strong,
sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to
affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at
all times. Their Resource
List has valuable links
Where does your food come from?
FoodRoutes Network is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their
food – the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the
routes that carry it from the fields to their tables. Their Buy
Fresh Buy Local chapters are popping up in every community
across the USA!
Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Inc. is dedicated to
educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and
agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound,
socially just, and humane.
Food & Farming Networks - Visionary
and Practical Solutions for Restoring the Earth
Food USA Live Slow!
"Recognizing that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the
pursuit of happiness, Slow Food U.S.A. is an educational organization
dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food
production; to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of
pleasure, culture, and community; to the invigoration and proliferation of
regional, seasonal culinary traditions; and to living a slower and more
harmonious rhythm of life."
Collaborative is a national network of more than 1,000
members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine by
celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisanal cooking.
Sources of local food and
"green" products - What
to Look For
"Earth Friendly, Farm Friendly" is an example of an
deceptive industry originated label certifying methods which are neither
humane nor ecological. Beware of such labels, especially if you are
looking for pastured raised meat and dairy. Unfortunately the USDA Organic
seal is not as meaningful as hoped, as proper pasturing of animals is not
required. Big food corporations are taking advantage of that fact, so
Ohio Food Sources
Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms and Gardens in Ohio
Delicious wholesome food produced locally by people who are acting on
their concern for the Earth's resources and for the ability of our
increasingly fragile planet to support future generations
Harvest "Do you want fresh, locally grown, organic food, but
don't know where to find it? The Local Harvest map makes it easy to find
family farms, farmers markets and other sources of sustainably grown food
in your area."
Eat Well Guide is a free, national guide to
sustainably-raised meat, fish, dairy and poultry. It provides convenient,
searchable listings of producers, along with grocery stores, restaurants,
and mail-order outlets that offer sustainable meat.
For those with more money than
time - online shop for grass fed meat,
now U.S. Wellness Meats: http://www.grasslandbeef.com/index.html
The Global Resource for Organic Information.
Food is Better
of Real Milk
GreenGuide has lots in information on wise, ecologically
sensitive shopping, and lots of other links and info. Be aware that they
do not understand the dangers
of soy products.
- "Earth's Largest Environmental Living
Your First Stop to Shop for Green Products
That are Good for People and the Environment.
- another site with lots of links. Again, be aware that
there are vegetarian and soybean
links that I cannot recommend.
Green People http://www.greenpeople.org/index.htm
Table - The Issues
Ecobags - http://www.ecobags.com/