Why Fairly Traded Is Important
There are many reasons why fair trade initiatives are important. Crucially, they help ensure that the big guys don’t exploit the little guys. Food brands in developed countries should always pay workers in developing countries a fair price for their ingredients.
Fair trade helps to secure the livelihoods of farmers and ensures that natural resources aren’t exploited. Both help to protect smallholdings and businesses so that they’re available for generations to come.
Sustainability goes hand in hand with fair trade. Fair trade encourages better farming methods, increased crop yields and continual improvement.
Switching to Fair Trade at Home
Once you know what to look out for, buying fair trade products becomes a lot easier. There isn’t one logo that represents fair trade, although the most common belongs to the Fairtrade Foundation.
Some supermarkets and brands have their own fair trade programmes. Reading the packaging will help, if a product is fairly traded, the packaging will tell you, loud and proud!
Familiarise yourself with the companies that use fairly traded ingredients too. Coffee, chocolate and bananas are a good place to start. Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of fairly traded goods in the UK, but brands such as Costa also take part.
Fair trade food is generally more expensive – and rightly so. Cheap food may be kind to our wallets, but someone or something has usually been exploited somewhere along the line.
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