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Fair Trade food? That's old hat. Get ready for Fair Trade Certified clothing, courtesy of TransFair USA.
Fair trade functions on the premise that you, the consumer from an industrialized nation, wouldn't mind paying a premium for goods made by local cooperatives in third world countries; not because the goods are superior to those that can be had elsewhere, but because you want to support these poor communities and be a better global citizen.
A heads-up to all local ice cream buffs: Be prepared to go on high alert between late July and much of August.
Until recently, a Fair Trade designation has been something of a weak cousin to other socially conscious labels like Organic or All-Natural, but times are changing.
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