Fair Trade in your Diet
Fair trade has definitely become more popular in categories such as coffee and other produce. You can now find fair trade chocolate, sugar, rice, tea, honey, bananas and olive oil, just to name a few. This is a huge step forward in the fight against poverty, because many food products cannot be grown in developed nations but are rather grown in developing countries. Many of the prime places to grow bananas, for example, are countries in Central America and Africa because of their tropical weather. Unfortunately, due to many political and socio-economic reasons, numerous communities in these countries are exploited in coffee, cocoa and banana plantations, to name a few. Fair trade companies and organizations aim to change this model and empower farming communities, so they get a fair share of the global trade of produce.
Many people think that fair trade is limited to coffee or chocolate. However, this is not true, since you can now find many processed foods that are made using fairly traded ingredients. TransFair USA can help you locate shops that sell these items. One of the stores that stood out the most out of their list is Sam’s Club, so next time you decide to buy in bulk check out their fair trade alternatives. Target is also trying to become more conscious and offering a wider selection of fair trade foods and beverages.
It is easy to make a difference when so many delicious treats are made with fair trade certified ingredients!
We would like to share with you a list of companies that produce or carry fair trade foods:
|Alter-Eco||An excellent brand to look for when searching for Fair Trade food is Alter-Eco. They are fully committed to given consumers a healthy choice when buying coffee, chocolate, rice, sugar and other foods. These choices are also healthy for the producers and the planet, since they all adhere to Fair Trade standards.|
|Global Exchange Online Store||A balanced place to buy Fair Trade food online is the Global Exchange Online Store. Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. One of the ways they do this is by making socially and environmentally responsible choices available to the market.|
|Equal Exchange is a great company that goes above and beyond to empower farmers and help them make the final food products when possible. Check out all of what they have to offer.|
Ben & Jerry's Fair Trade Ice Cream
|This page will show you how Ben & Jerry's ice cream is now using fair trade certified ingredients for their products. These include vanilla, coffee and chocolate.|
|Steaz||A great company that sells Fair Trade drinks is Steaz, a certified organization committed to providing the best tasting organic and fair trade beverages. Their list of products includes several green teas that have differed flavors, root beer, cola and energy drinks.|
|Adina||This company makes healthy drinks from organic and/or fair trade ingredients. You can find different kinds of juices and even energy drinks here.|
TransFair USA Fair Trade Fruit Program
|Have you ever wondered what kinds of fruits are fair trade certified? More importantly, have you asked yourself where you can buy this fruit? This page from TransFair USA will help!|
TransFair USA Fair Trade Rice Program
|A good introduction to the fair trade rice industry.|
|TransFair USA Fair Trade Sugar Program||A good introduction to the fair trade sugar industry.|
|TransFair USA Fair Trade Tea Program||A good introduction to the fair trade tea industry.|