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Fair Trade Certified in Redding

Fair Trade is various crops and commodities such as coffee,

Fair Trade Resource.org has a good summary on frequently asked questions.

The newly redesigned Fair Trade Certified logo (above) was released this year and will replace the original black and white “Bucket Boy” label created in 1998.

Fair Trade Principles:

  • Guarantee a Fair Price – Their unique commitment to fair prices and development premiums distinguishes the Fair Trade CertifiedTM label from other sustainability labels. Farmer groups are guaranteed a price that covers the cost of sustainable production, a premium for community selected development projects and an additional price premium for certified organic crops.
  • Promote access to Credit – Buyers are required to offer commercial credit to farmers upon request, either directly or in collaboration with financial intermediaries. Access to timely credit on favorable terms allows farmer organizations to increase export capacity and improve product quality.
  • Require democracy and Transparency – Empowerment is an essential goal of Fair Trade. Small farmers form cooperatives that allow them to process and export their harvests competitively. Farmers are audited annually for transparency, democratic processes and sound financial management.
  • Promote environmental Sustainability – Fair Trade standards require environmentally- sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve ecosystems. These standards strictly prohibit the use of gMOs and the most toxic agrochemicals, promote active conservation of soil and water resources and protect surrounding forests. More than half of all Fair Trade farms are certified organic.
  • Prohibit Child labor, Forced labor, and Work-Place discrimination – Fair Trade farmers and workers can count on more than just better prices. Fair Trade standards require freedom of association and safe working conditions. And child labor, forced labor and discrimination are strictly prohibited by Fair Trade standards. If we find breaches of our standards, we will take immediate action to protect children and forced laborers and to ensure fair treatment for all on the farms and factories that carry the Fair Trade mark.
  • Support Community development – U.S. importers and manufacturers agree to pay Fair Trade premiums that allow farmers and farm workers to invest in community development projects. These projects—from clean drinking water, school scholarships and health care services to housing, reforestation and organic certification—benefit entire towns and regions.

Just as the word organic or natural have multiple definitions, not all coffee retailers are Fair Trade Certified. Some, such as Starbucks have their own definition of “Responsibly grown Coffee” and guidelines such as Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices.