October is Fair Trade Month. "Fair Trade Month raises awareness about the importance of the fair trade movement to our global economy and promotes buying from businesses that are committed to fair trade in place of those which may harm the environment, the economy, communities, and disadvantaged individuals." What does Fair Trade mean?
"Earnings should fulfill basic household needs, regardless of volatile market prices. Rigorous fair trade standards ensure producers, workers, farmers, and fishermen have the money needed to invest in their lives and their work."
"Fair trade empowers people to make choices for the good of themselves and their community, regardless of gender, status, position in society, or position on the globe. Rigorous standards give farmers, workers, and fishermen a voice in the workplace and the community."
"Fair trade standards work to keep the planet healthy for generations to come by prohibiting the most harmful chemicals and taking measures to protect natural resources."