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Fair Trade

Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions while promoting sustainability.


Hunger Mountain Coop carries a growing assortment of fair trade items including coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, handicrafts, and (flowers when in season). During the 2010 fiscal year, our Coop customers purchased $479,915 in Fair Trade Certified products, an increase of 19% over the previous year! Look for this little black and white label on a variety of products. It means that your purchase will not only delight your senses but will also promote a more fair and just world!


Fair trade products speak directly to the values of Hunger Mountain Coop. Fair trade emphasizes small farm development, fair prices and wages, environmental sustainability, and empowerment through education. Fair trade is a way of doing business that offers farmers and workers in developing countries better prices, improved working conditions, and the opportunity to improve their lives while planning for the future.


Food production and distribution is big business, especially when it comes to trading high-demand commodities like coffee, tea, bananas and more. In developing countries it can take many middlemen to get food from fields to your table, and often times very little of the money you spend on food reaches the farmers who grew it. Fair trade brings farmers and small scale producers closer to consumers and delivers more dollars back to farm communities, where these much needed funds help to enrich lives as well as local communities.

Fair Trade Helps To...

  • Raise and stabilize the incomes of small-scale farmers, farm workers, and artisans
  • Support democratically owned and controlled producer organizations
  • Promote labor rights and the right of workers to organize
  • Promote safe and sustainable farming methods and working conditions
  • Connect consumers and producers
  • Increase consumer awareness and engagement with issues affecting producers

The Fair Trade Practices Include...

  • Direct trade relationships and long-term contracts between importers and producer groups
  • Sourcing from small-farmer or artisan co-operatives
  • The provision of affordable credit for producers
  • Adherence to the policies of the International Labor Organization, especially those concerning child and forced labor and the right to collective bargaining
  • The prohibition of the use of the more dangerous pesticides and herbicides
  • Substantial price premiums for the production of certified organic crops
  • External monitoring, auditing, and certification of these practices by independent third parties

Resources

Fair Trade USA

Fairtrade International

Oxfam International - Agriculture Campaign

Equal Exchange