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Fair Trade Another Way Of Selling And Buying


A human being in five has less than 1.02$ per day for a living. Most of these needy people are farmers, toiling hard from morning till night, often starting in childhood. - According Waridel, specialist in international development and environment, co-founder of équiterre, 132 million children worldwide work in agriculture. - Paradoxically, the production of poor farmers feed us but do not subvient their needs.

What is Fair Trade?

Here is the definition of fine network.

"Fair trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, whose objective is to achieve greater equity in mondial trade.Contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and guaranteeing the rights of marginalized producers and workers, especially in South planet.Fair Trade organizations (backed by consumers) are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in rules and practices of conventional international trade. "

In other words, it is to enable small disadvantaged producers in the southern countries to live decently from their work, guaranteeing stable prices, the long-term contracts, financial aid, all in respect of social justice , environment and total transparency (financial and traceability), for a future sustainable development which can lead them to independence and economic self-sufficiency.

Please do not confuse fair trade and ethical trade: When using isolated small producers to grow and come together, it is fair trade. But when you improve environmental conditions and social production center already developed, it is within ethical trade, which aims to assist them in sustainable development, as well as other social practices or ethical.

Why buy fair?

To enjoy the benefits of products derived from agriculture environmentally friendly (not always 100% organic though) or, for non-food products, a rational production following specific criteria to guarantee traceability.

Responsible for consumption: It is possible to use the purchasing power for incurred. Aware of the inequalities between the privileged countries and those of small producers, consumers can take action to improve living conditions in these poor countries, changing their consumption patterns.

As a stakeholder in global trade, all consumers can promote an economy of solidarity, based on ethical values and not on profit on all fronts. The end-consumption habits in the long term and large scale-up having an impact on production systems and legislation.

Currently, consumers of fair trade products are mainly from the middle class, aware of the ethical and environmental issues. But according to the Ipsos polling agency, other categories of population to more modest beginning to integrate.

What products can we find and where?

The coffee comes first, followed by chocolate, cotton, bananas, and finally tea. However, France has more than 2,800 products labeled Max Havelaar, marketed by over 200 companies, ranging from toys to decorative items, to clothing, jewelry and a wide range of food products.