Certified Fair Trade is an international form of labeling that requires a living wage be paid to the grower of a product. Very often farmers, especially in impoverished nations, are paid a pittance for their crop by a middleman, who then sells to distributors, profiting from a high markup.
In the case of Fair Trade, distributors buy directly from farmers, helping to enable them to break the cycle of poverty. This is a way to ensure, if you can’t buy a product locally, that you are directly benefiting the farmer who raised the product for you, instead of lining the coffers of a distant corporation.
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