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Fair Trade Coffee - Its The Best for Everyone

Fair trade is based on the premise that workers lives and communities have value. Typically, fair trade producers are laborers whose farms are small cooperatives that use no forced or child labor. They employ environmentally sustainable methods of farming, with high standards of animal welfare. Fair trade assures that farmers in third world countries are protected from the drawbacks of modern farming methods. Mass production farming often destroys the environment and its surrounding habitat. Farmers who grow fair trade coffee are benefited, because they will get a fair and premium price for the organic, quality coffee that they lovingly grow!

Did you know, Starbucks is the worlds biggest fair trade coffee buyer? In the UK, annual sales of fair trade products topped one billion dollars in 2008. Additionally, a 127% volume growth in fair-trade coffee occurred during 2006-2007 in the UK. Fair trade coffee provides a better standard of living by guaranteeing a minimum fair price for their crop. Shade grown coffee reduces clear-cutting in rainforests, enhances bean flavor, and promotes biodiversity. The end result is that the farmers are protecting themselves, their families, and their communities from harmful growing styles.

Fair trade coffee really is worth the extra cost to a consumer, because the coffee is definitely of better quality. Because the rural coffee farmer puts great effort into the bean, it naturally results in better taste in your cup. Fair trade cuts out the middle man so the original farmer, who uses natural methods for growing the coffee, is rewarded. The very best in measure of quality is assured to the consumer. The planet benefits from the environmentally responsible growth and harvest. All of this combined ensures that the grower gets a fair price off the sell, and can compete in the global agriculture market.

The history of fair trade coffee begins in the Netherlands in 1988. Coffee prices in the world market were dropping. There was a greater supply of coffee than demand, so the market was flooded. From 1990 to 1992, coffee prices reached an all time low. The general purpose of creating fair trade was to ensure that coffee growers would earn sufficient wages. This organization created a label for coffee products that met its wage standards. By 1997, four groups were involved who established the Fair Trade Labeling Organization. Part of their duties include setting fair trade standards and overseeing certification and inspection of coffee growers

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