Organic / Fair Trade
Why Fair Trade?
Well, in a very small nut shell, or coffee bean, in this case, Fair Trade means coffee purchased from small-holding farmer cooperatives at a “fair” or economically justifiable price, with sustainable environmental standards, and restrictions on child labor. Fair trade organizations advocate respect and transparency, train farmers in business practices, and assist in creating warehousing and processing plants. They can also assist farmers with organic certification. Visit FAIRTRADE for details.
Toxic chemicals which have been banned in the US and Europe are still in use in many of the coffee growing countries, exposure to which creates health concerns for farmers and their families. In addition, supporting certification for organic coffee means the farmers have access to training in best practices for the environment. Visit CoffeeHabitat for more info.