First of all, it’s important to note that Fair Trade certification is only available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice and vanilla.
The label identifies goods produced by “democratically organized farmer groups [who] receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products,” according to TransFair USA, a group belonging to Fairtrade Labeling Organizations, an international organization. In addition, companies producing fair trade-labeled products have to ensure that workers have fair labor conditions like safe working conditions, living wages and no child labor.
“Importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace,” Transfair explains. “Additionally, agrochemicals and genetically modified organisms are strictly prohibited,” the group notes.
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