3/12/08 Fair Trade Flowers, International Herald Tribune. From here in Kenya's Rift Valley, Longonot Horticulture exports 90,000 rose stems a day. Its rose bushes come in red, yellow, orange, white,pink and cerise. Whatever color bunch a London or Copenhagen supermarket needs, it will provide pronto. Flower production has grown rapidly here. Longonot started with just 10 acres of roses in 2002; it now farms 60 acres. "The conditions are right," Harry Milbank, the general manager, told me. "You've got many hours of sunlight and high altitude coolness. If it's too hot, the rose bolts. It puts out a flower with a small head."
5/14/07 Liberal Polemic - Fair Trade Coffee Exposed. It is always encouraging to see some people still using the term liberal in the somewhat archaic sense of being in favor of freedom. Thomas Papworth at Liberal Polemic is one of those people. Papworth explains what "fair trade" coffee really is: a form of charitable subsidy or a misguided means of convincing farmers to keep producing coffee when their labor would be more usefully turned to some other product.
Ethical Trading Initiative. British-based fair trade organization. Fair Trade Certified | Transfair USA. Fair Trade is an innovative, market-based approach to sustainable development. Fair Trade helps family farmers in developing countries to gain direct access to international markets, as well as to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the marketplace. Information on Fair Trade Certification, TransFair USA, Fair Trade News.
Fair Trade Coffee. Fair Trade assures consumers that the coffee we drink was purchased under fair conditions. The website indicates that U.S. leaders are Starbucks and Procter & Gamble (Folger's and Millstone brands).
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO). Standards and certification body for the Fairtrade movement. Fair Trade Federation, Washington, DC. The amount of total fair trade sales in 2006 was (just) $2.6 billion. FTF is an association of businesses committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers.
Fair Trade Companies
Higher Grounds Trading Company. Higher Grounds Trading Co. is a mission-driven company dedicated to offering you the highest-quality handcrafted 100% fair trade, organic, and shade-grown.