TIP OF THE DAY: Buy A Fair Trade Product

October is National Fair Trade Month, so today’s tip is to buy something that’s fairly traded. Most people don’t understand Fair Trade. One of the reasons is that, unlike the USDA Certified Organic Seal that appears on all organic product packaging—regardless of the particular certifying agency (there are certifiers in every state)—the different Fair Trade-related…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Buy A Fair Trade Product For World Fair Trade Day

Look for a small Fair Trade logo that identifies fairly traded products. Photo courtesy Green Mountain Coffee.   Today’s tip is to purchase a Fair Trade product. May 11th is World Fair Trade Day. Fair Trade is a practice that seeks to aid economically challenged, small-scale farmers around the world. Many of them labor in…
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PRODUCT: Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Kopali Organics specializes in chocolate-covered snacks: banana, cacao nibs, espresso beans, goji, goldenberry, mango, mixed fruits, mulberry and pineapple. The products are also Fair Trade Certified, which means that the enterprise supports thousands of family farmers and communities worldwide (more about Fair Trade certification). Plus, 100% of profits go to The Sylvia Center, a garden-to-table…
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PRODUCT: Equal Exchange Fair Trade Chocolate

Make your daily chocolate nibble fairly-traded. Photo of Equal Exchange Minis by Elvira Kalviste.   This year, we went Fair Trade for Halloween. That means that the chocolate we handed out was ethically produced. While you won’t see many articles about it, cacao is an agricultural product that uses child slave labor in the fields.…
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PRODUCT: Lychee White Tea

Fragrant and luscious, this tasty teaneeds no added sugar. Photo courtesyChoice Organic Tea.   The lychee (pronounced LIE-chee, not LEE-chee, after the Chinese lai chi) is one of the most popular fruits in Southern China. The evergreen grows wild in southern China, northern Vietnam and Cambodia, although there is evidence that it has been cultivated…
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