World Fair Trade Day is an initiative that the World Fair Trade Organization created to help celebrate fair trade practices around the world. Here at Navitas Organics, we are excited to celebrate World Fair Trade Day today and every day, as we continuously work to change the status quo of our global food system by being a part of giving small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries access to safe working conditions and fair wages. We want to be leading voices in supporting a sustainable global food system that supports the health of both people and planet.
What Does Fair Trade Mean?
Fair trade, as the name suggests, is working to make global trade fairer for all people involved. It focuses on improving working conditions, increasing wages for farmers and workers, and making the process of global trade more transparent. Overall, fair trade is working to eliminate child labor and unsafe/unethical working conditions, while improving environmentally friendly production practices.
How Is Fair Trade Different from Organic?
While fair trade and organic have some overlapping values, fair trade focuses more on the ethical treatment, labor, safety and wages of the people creating or growing our consumer goods. Organic, on the other hand, focuses more on the environmental and safety standards surrounding farming practices and the use of potentially harmful chemicals like pesticides.
What Is Navitas Organics Doing to Support Fair Trade Initiatives?
At Navitas Organics, we are constantly trying to further increase the positive impact our business and products can have to do good in this world. We care just as much about the health of our consumers as we do the small farmers from whom we source our high-quality ingredients. At this time, our Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs and Cacao Butter have been certified fair trade, which means that when you purchase these products over those from companies that are not fair trade certified, you are choosing ingredients that were produced ethically by small-scale farmer organizations, and have met the rigorous fair-trade economic, environmental and social standards.
Since the Cacao industry in particular is riddled with unethical practices and corruption, we take great pride at Navitas Organics to be a part of changing this industry for the better.
What Can You as a Consumer Do to Support More Fair Trade Practices?
Consumers have so much power when it comes to really impacting the way our global food system works. Each and every time you as a consumer spend money on a product, you are casting a vote for the kind of world and system you wish to support. By choosing to support companies like Navitas Organics and other fair trade focused companies, you are demanding that change occurs in the system.
In addition to choosing to support fair trade with your dollars, you also can help to spread the message about why fair trade matters. The more people become aware of the issues throughout our global food system, the more change will occur. Remember, each and every person can positively impact the world around them and all it takes is small ripples of change to create really big waves.