Fair Trade Products

Mother Earth Foods loves supporting Fair Trade companies and products. What does choosing fair trade products mean? Watch this video from Fair Trade USA to learn “Why Every Purchase Matters”

The basic principles of fair trade are outlined on fairtradeusa.org:

  • farmers-handshake-200Fair prices and credit: Democratically organized farming groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price (or the market price if it’s higher) and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farming organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions and sustainable wages. Forced child and slave labor are strictly prohibited.
  • Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible to eliminate unnecessary middlemen and empower farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade premiums, which are funds for community development.
  • Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarships, schools, quality improvement and leadership training, and organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

Fair Trade Certified Label
Look for the label (left) to find products that are Fair Trade Certified. To learn more about what fair trade means and the certification process, visit fairtradeusa.org/what-is-fair-trade.