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Fair Trade

Definition:

A market-based approach to reducing poverty and empowering farmers in developing countries by encouraging fair wages and labor conditions and promoting environmental sustainability. Trans Fair USA is the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, which carry the official “Fair Trade Certified” label.

Example of Fair Trade:

Contemporary coffee shops nowadays have a big interest in fair trade coffee. Fair trade certification is part of the social justice movement where it allows consumers to buy good quality products without oppressing the wellbeing of third world farmers.
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