October is Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade began modestly in the 1940s when a few small North American and European organizations reached out to poverty stricken communities to help them sell their crafts and coffee to well-off markets. Today, Fair Trade is a global effort. Fair Trade USA and the Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) have extended their reach beyond crafts and coffee. Consumers can enliven developing countries, relieve exploitation and promote environmental sustainability by purchasing Fair Trade-labeled tea, cocoa, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, sugar, honey, wine, flowers, grains and rubber products. Click here to learn more about Fair Trade and it’s products.