What is Fair Trade?


January 6, 2024

By Tracy Renning

The term “fair trade” gets thrown around a lot in the global produce market these days. But what does it really mean? Find out in this story.

The world fair trade movement is designed to support farmers and traders in developing countries, achieving sustainable and equitable trade relationships.

Fair trade organizations ensures that farm laborers receive fair and dignified compensation for their hard work.

I know what you’re thinking—shouldn’t all trading be “fair”? Shouldn’t it be the standard?

Of course, fair trade products, from fruit to cosmetics, should be ethical to all parties involved. However, this is sadly far from the case.

People in less developed countries are often exploited, such as through child labor, to meet high demand from developed countries.

Buying fair trade products is one small way that you can make a difference. But how do you know if a product is fair trade certified?

Read more on Fair Trade Fruit: A Guide to Definitions & Certifications


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