Why buy Fair Trade produce?

“Fair Trade appeals to our sense of fairness and common decency, and applies those values to the marketplace.”

Fair trade seeks to change the terms for the products we buy, ensuring the farmers get a better deal. This means better prices for farmers and usually means longer-term and more meaningful trading relationships.

It also means closely monitored working conditions that prevent such injustices as child labour, unsafe working environments, and unreasonable hours.  Health care and education are often provided in a Fair Trade system. Fair Trade appeals to our sense of fairness and common decency, and applies those values to the marketplace. It allows us to make a positive difference in the world by the products we choose to buy.

In the produce department, Fair Trade items includes bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, avocado, ginger and mangoes.  We are planning to expand this in the future as new certified organic and fair trade farms begin to sell a wider selection of vegetables.It seems natural that the Kootenay co-op supports and sells Fair Trade produce.  By developing these networks we can strengthen and nurture a more balanced, fair food system in a cooperative manner.

-Ben, Produce Manager

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