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The title of this post is disturbing. The principles of Organic and Fair Trade are really crucial to building (restoring) a sustainable society. The bright side is that the certifications are not equally special and actually complement each other perfectly.
First, a word about certification. In our existing market, 3rd party certification is important to both fair and natural trade. As the market for both fair trade and natural grows numerous services would rather alter the definition than to change their practices. We are seeing this now in the fair trade coffee market place. As time goes on a search for fair trade coffee is a growing number of most likely to turn up non-certified “fair trade” coffee, which is most likely just a marketing rouse to bring in ethical clients. In a current search of ebay for fair trade coffee 90% of the outcomes were not 3rd party licensed, and upon further assessment most looked really suspect. We have seen this already in the organic market. How many products marketed to natural customers are really accredited? Companies have actually greened their names but not their practices. Without non-biased 3rd party certification of organic or reasonable trade we are delegated rely on self interested parties who will only benefit from that trust. Look at the labels a product caries, look into the requirements of that accreditation and make an informed choice. Know what labels you trust and know the ones that you feel are deceptiveness. With fair trade Transfair is presently the only accreditation agency, so try to find the fair trade label.
Working with the environment to avoid this erosion, natural coffee farmers maintain the fertility of the land by growing coffee in the shade, where coffee was indicated to grow. The concept of natural goes beyond safeguarding the environment and extends to safeguarding the individuals who work in the fields. Some studies have shown that natural techniques even protect those who consume the fruits( even after they are washed), and also secure residents who drink the water.
When it comes to reasonable trade coffee certification, “reasonable” has an objective meaning through the accreditation requirements of Transfair. One of the requirements of reasonable trade accreditation it that a premium is paid for organic coffee, presently a full 15 cents more per pound than simply routine fair trade. Numerous reasonable trade farmers have actually changed to organic techniques and are now actively restoring the rain forest in order to receive this premium.
Well there is plenty of coffee out there labeled as not fair but organic trade. Organic is excellent, however by itself it is not sustainable, we should guarantee that the people who grow it are appropriately compensated otherwise they are put in an economic position which lends itself to decisions with unfavorable environmental effects. Fair trade does not compete with organic but it does make sure it is fiscally sustainable for the producers, thus making sure future supply in our existing economy.
This is why the fair trade model works. First it guarantees the monetary security of the farmers through fair prices, access to non-predatory loans and capital needed to market and sell their goods. It ensures them a premium for environmentally friendly practices, which many times leads to conversion of traditional fields to natural. This model has actually been working for coffee and has now broadened to tea, chocolate and even some tropical fruits.
The outcomes of fair trade have been incredible:
* Organic methods are being used and taught
* Community facilities is being built/rebuilt
* Clear drinking water
* Erosion control
* Small children in school
* Quality items through quality approaches
* Adult education
* Secure families
* and sustainability
Next time you purchase natural coffee or tea ensure it is also fair trade certified by Transfair. Request that your regional grocer bring fair trade fruits when they are available.
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