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One of the critical factors required in order to keep a manufacturing facility profitable is the cost of labor. Companies that are both large and small seek cheaper labor in order to offset the final cost which enables them to stay competitive. Unfortunately, the price that has been paid has been more than just payroll. The environment has been upset due to carelessness for the land or illegal dumping of waste. Then there is the cost of illness and death due to carelessness from product recalls. Enough is enough. For some people, unless they make it themselves, they won’t buy it. That may seem like the perfect solution but for most of our world, it is very time consuming and not very practical. The Fair Trade Certified™ Label guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice, and vanilla. TransFair USA licenses companies to display the Fair Trade Certified label on products that meet strict international Fair Trade standards. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Bena Burda, President and CEO of Maggie’s Functional Organics (http://www.maggiesorganics.com) will be my guest to talk about the new pilot program FairTradeUSA has in order to not only protect the workers but to ensure the quality of the products. She will discuss how the organization helps farmer groups to establish fair prices, fair labor conditions, their policy against child labor, how the farms are able to invest Fair Trade wages, community development and environmental sustainability. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful organization and how they are working together to make products safer while protecting the environment, stay tuned!
I was watching The Ellen Degeneras Show, an episode of Child Inventors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvzRjJbkjo8&playnext=1&list=PL1563FE59EA812C4C
The first few minutes of this video show introduce 7 year old Meagan and her invention of the Equal Size Cake Cutter. She was very clear about the misery of being at a party where someone gets a big piece of cake while you get a little piece of cake…It’s Not Fair.I sure remember growing up with 2 brothers and how those 3 words easily flew around the house almost daily. My parents use to say the world is not fair.This world is a great display of the Have’s and the Have-not’s. There’s a lot of suffering in the world because the Have-not’s don’t get paid fair wages for labor. Thank goodness there have been many individuals and organizations in history that attempted to re-balance the world.
Fair Trade www.fairtradeusa.org @fairtradeusa has taken center stage…On the Jimmy Fallon show @JimmyFallon, when Ben & Jerry of THE one and only Ben & Jerry’s www.benjerry.com promoted Fair Trade. Ben & Jerry dedicated a new flavor to Jimmy Fallon, “Late Night Snack” which includes 2 Fair Trade ingredients, vanilla and cocoa. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2itk1dAZTHw&feature=related
WHAT IS FAIR TRADE??? Listen to our show and you will find out what we all have been missing. We will be joined by Katie Barrow, PR Manager at TransFair USA to answer our questions about Fair Trade USA.