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# 32 Supporting Fair Trade

#32 Supporting Fair Trade

The effects of global warming are all around us.  Farmers are noticing the effects of droughts, floods and soil degradation.  Small farmers are typically the most impacted from our ever changing climate.  When individuals hear of fair trade they typically think it is giving fair wages and healthy work environments, but in fact, fair trade is equally invested in preserving the environment.   

Fair Trade For The Planet.

When farmers are struggling to survive, then tend to take short cuts with the soil and loss prevention, spraying chemicals or utilizing GMO’s to grow crops with higher yields.  When fair trade came along, it gave farmers the opportunity to care for the land and the food it is producing, because they will receive fair compensation for their work. The aim of Fairtrade is to offer better terms of trade to local producers and workers, and thereby help to build local communities and the environment.  Farmers must comply with strict requirements to be considered fair trade. Some examples of the requirements are soil retention, sustainably sourced water, carbon emission regulations, Non-GMO, as well as must minimize the use of agrochemicals.  

Benefits of Fair-Trade:

  • Fairtrade promotes training on climate change mitigation for farmers.
  • 26% of all farmers and workers in fair trade organizations are women. 
  • There are 1,411 certified fair trade organizations.
  • No child labour is used.
  • The Fairtrade system currently works with over 1.65 million farmers and workers.
  • 1.5 hectares is the average size of a Fair trade farm.
  • Fairtrade is a growing campaign movement with more than 550 Fairtrade towns, almost 900 Fairtrade schools and 170 Fairtrade universities, and more than 7,000 Fairtrade faith groups.
  • Fairtrade prohibits the use of certain agrochemicals that are harmful to the environment and encourages farmers to reduce their use of pesticides.
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How can I make an impact:

Tier 1: Global Goodness

  • Research companies that are registered fair trade.  Knowing which companies to support makes mindful consumption much easier.  There are fair trade companies in every kind of industry, from food to household goods and clothing
  • Get involved in your local fair trade community.  There are thousands of fair trade organizations over the world,  by getting involved to keep up to date on the latest fair trade companies and facts.  

Tier 2: Planet Protector

Tier 3: Earth Angel

  • All of Action 1 & 2
  • Volunteer in your local community for fair trade organizations.  Helping hands and community involvement will always help progress the fair trade movement. 
  • Let’s make some of these fair trade standards actual laws.  By lobbying your local government to regulate child labor and other fair trade practices, we can create a movement to increase the standards for workers in our country and other developing countries.  

Facts References:

20 Facts About Fair Trade

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