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mrjamin
May 27, 2003, 12:53 PM
So, does anyone buy fairtrade coffee/tea/fruit/sugar/cereals etc?

We're as fairtrade as possibly in my house. Whats fairtrade awareness like in the USA? ...or elsewhere in the world for that matter! I'm in the UK

Stelliform
May 27, 2003, 01:14 PM
What is fairtrade? Is products that only come from countries that trade fairly?

I am in the South US, and my fairtrade awareness is zero. :)

mrjamin
May 27, 2003, 01:18 PM
see here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

should answer some questions.

strider42
May 27, 2003, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by mrjamin
So, does anyone buy fairtrade coffee/tea/fruit/sugar/cereals etc?

We're as fairtrade as possibly in my house. Whats fairtrade awareness like in the USA? ...or elsewhere in the world for that matter! I'm in the UK

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, people are, not surprisingly, relatively aware of fair trade goods (well, coffee anyway). Can't say I know a lot of people who act on it, but people know about it. In Berkeley (my alma mater and the city that thinks its a bigger than it really is) actually tried to pass an ordinance that would ban non-fair trade coffee from the city. It didn't pass (I'm not sure it would have stood up to a legal challenge anyway). Some coffee shops are fair trade shops regardless though.

mrjamin
May 27, 2003, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by strider42
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, people are, not surprisingly, relatively aware of fair trade goods (well, coffee anyway). Can't say I know a lot of people who act on it, but people know about it. In Berkeley (my alma mater and the city that thinks its a bigger than it really is) actually tried to pass an ordinance that would ban non-fair trade coffee from the city. It didn't pass (I'm not sure it would have stood up to a legal challenge anyway). Some coffee shops are fair trade shops regardless though.

good to hear. A lot of places over here (uk) have set up fair trade cafes. A lot of universities are getting their student unions to go fair trade - and many are succeeding.

Ugg
May 27, 2003, 01:56 PM
Fairtrade has a lot of backers on the West Coast, Seattle, Eugene, Vancouver, are all aware of what it is and many stores promote it. I haven't seen much other than coffee, although I have heard about sugar. I didn't realize that it was such a big deal in the UK. Way to go!

Stelliform
May 27, 2003, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by mrjamin
see here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

should answer some questions.

That makes sense. I don't drink coffee... :)

Fair trade is important. I aways try to support my local companies first...

Gelfin
May 27, 2003, 03:00 PM
I've only seen "fair trade" as an adjective in relation to coffee around here. Admittedly I never bothered to look to see what it meant. I just inferred that someone had decided the status quo for "trade" was "unfair" and came up with something else that is, in their opinion, "fair."

You see so much stuff like that around here, and at least half the time the alternative notion of "fair" is just a different kind of inequity that's at least as harmful as the original one.

anneleonard
May 28, 2003, 06:00 AM
And such a huge issue- if you thought Drop the Debt was a big issue, this is even bigger! There's two aspects to it-

1 Positive- Buying goods that are "fairly traded" (coffee & tea are the main established ones, but chocolate is an up-and-coming one as well, (see dubble (http://www.dubble.co.uk), divine (http://www.divinechocolate.com/), green & blacks (http://www.greenandblacks.com/), co-op own brands (http://www.co-op.co.uk/ext_1/Development.nsf/504ca249c786e20f85256284006da7ab/3c423f14eba128a580256c7800340f35?OpenDocument)). The co-op supermarket in the UK is really good for fairly-traded stuff, and Sainsbury's is getting better.

2 Negative - Not buying things or services that you know to be unethical, eg not buying things made in sweat-shops in developing countries. There's a lot of clothing manufacturers that people are campaigning against because of the conditions the workers work in. Find this information out and act upon it! This could also include where you invest your money- how ethical are the businesses that your bank invests in with your money?? (I'm switching banks because of this, my bank lends my money to people making weapons!)

This is why I have my sig. as it is- if everyone bought fairly-traded, imagine what a difference it would make in the world! All the consumer choices you make have an impact, and together people can make a huge impact, even if people feel in the minority!

tazo
May 28, 2003, 08:50 AM
hopes no one knows what company produces 'tazo''s :D