fair trade

“Fair trade” is a system of trade in which workers receive living wages and employment opportunities for the goods they produce. This system serves as an alternative approach to conventional international trade for producers who are typically economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers from developing countries. The producers partner with international organizations that help them build their skills to market and sell goods such as crafts, and agricultural products such as coffee and chocolate.

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3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

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Theo Chocolate: The Challenge of Going Green

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Mexican Startup Goes Beyond Fair Trade

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Is Mass Balance Pushing Your Chocolate Bar Too Far?

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6 Rainforest Products You’ve Never Heard Of

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