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Coffee- Today’s 10 Minute Eco-Action Tip

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fairtradecoffee2Today’s 10 Minute Eco-Action Tip: Buy (organic) Fairtrade coffee!

From the Fairtrade Foundation website:
What is Fairtrade? “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.”

What are Fairtrade Standards? Fairtrade standards comprise both minimum social, economic and environmental requirements, which producers must meet to be certified, plus progress requirements that encourage continuous improvement to develop farmers’ organisations or the situation of estate workers.

What is the Fairtrade minimum price? The Fairtrade minimum price defines the lowest possible price that a buyer of Fairtrade products must pay the producer.

fairtrade_logoWhat is the Fairtrade Foundation? Celebrating the 15th year of the Fairtrade mark! The Fairtrade Foundation is a development organizations committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade, and the UK member of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO).

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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