WHAT IS FAIRTRADE?

  • Fairtrade is about better prices for farmers and workers, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of Trade in the developing world.
     
  • By requiring companies to pay prices for products that can never fall below “market price” Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which exploits the poorest, weakest producers.
     
  • Fair Trade has enabled farmers to make their own decisions, control their futures and live more positive lives.
     


 

Standards

  • Producers must meet specific social, economic and environmental standards to be Fair Trade certified. They must also meet requirements that encourage the development of the farms and the situation for the workers.
     
  • All Fair Trade standards are set by the Standards Unit at Fair Trade International for each specific product. The process for agreeing on the standards used follows ISEAL Code of Good Practices for Social and Environmental Labelling.
     
  • Many Fair Trade items, including coffee can be physically traceable and are required to be labelled and kept separate from non-Fair Trade items through every part of their journey, from harvest to the store

 

Look for the Fair Trade symbols:

 

 

Read more about Fair Trade standards at www.fairtrade.net/standards

 


 

What is Certified Organic?

  • The organic certification means that a product has been produced by a farming system that replenishes the soil, without toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
     
  • All organically produced foods must also be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, sewage, sludge or irradiation.
     
  • Organic foods are also minimally processed and preservatives, as well as  artificial ingredients are prohibited in their production, in order to maintain the integrity of the food.
     
  • National standards require that organic growers be certified by third party organizations that are accredited.
     
  • Did you know that the average 2 cup per day coffee drinker consumes coffee cherries from approximately 18 coffee trees!
     
  • All Fair Trade products do not have to be organic, however all Fair Trade Fundraising coffee products ARE Certified Organic, as well as Fair Trade Certified!  Fair Trade  standards however, require sustainable farming techniques, which often goes hand in hand with setting farmers up for current and future organic production.

 

Look for the Certified Organic Symbol:
 

 


 

What is a Cooperative?

A cooperative is a private business organization that is owned and controlled by the people who are using the business to create products and services. Cooperatives can vary in size and type, however they are structured to meet the needs of the members, including environmental practises which encourage protection of the soil, further creating longevity for their farms and income for their families.


Cooperatives began officially during the Industrial Revolution, and were useful for promoting the interests of marginalized people and communities. It was discovered that the farmers, the workers, as well as the consumers could achieve more working collectively than they could individually.


Three principles that characterize a cooperative are:
1. The user owned principle:
The people who own it are using it.

 

2. The user controlled principle:
The members democratically decide on policies, budgets, operations, etc.

 

3. The user benefit principle:
A strength of a cooperative is that its members distribute benefits to its users on the basis of their use. The goal may not be to generate a profit, however like all businesses they need to cover expenses, generate capital for expansion, as well as to have capital to deal with emergency situations, such as crop failure, as many governments around the globe do not assist farmers when they experience crop failure.

 

 


 

What is Arabica coffee?

  • Arabica is a species of coffee that originated in Ethiopia. Arabica is known to be the first harvested coffee plant in the world, around 500 A.D.
     
  • Arabica is considered to be a higher quality, better tasting coffee than the cheaper Robusta coffee cherry, as the Robusta has more than double the caffeine, therefore a much more bitter taste.
     
  • Arabica coffee cherries have less than half the caffeine of all other commercially grown coffee, allowing it to be rich and smooooth!