is Fair Trade? What is certified?
Fair Trade is a term that describes international efforts that
began in the 1940s. Community nonprofit organizations and churches
supported efforts to buy goods directly from refugees of war so that craftspeople
and other producers could reap maximum profit for their work.
1988, a Dutch group introduced the first Fair Trade coffee. By the late
1990s, Fair Trade Certified came to mean coffee that has been certified
by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO), a group that
visits farmer cooperatives and verifies that farmers are receiving a fair
North America, Fair Trade certifed coffee usually bears this logo:
more information on certification:
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International aims to standardize
certifiaction and labeling under a single international fair trade symbol.
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