Next on your list: bananas — the deliciously versatile fruit, perfect for baked breads, desserts, and smoothies. While perusing the grocery store isles, you find the fruit section and intently scan for the perfect batch of bananas, ripe and reasonably priced. "Ah ha!" Confidently, you pick up the perfect batch — thinking about how scrumptious banana crème pie will taste — and make your way through the sea of carts to the checkout line.
New data supports the notion that, while all consumers may not care about their personal health, they are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the products they buy. In a study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and the London School of Economics, statistical methods were used to analyze the purchasing habits of shoppers in a major U.S. grocery store chain. Many shoppers were found to be willing to pay more for coffee products carrying a Fair Trade label.
Organic Fair Trade Cotton Becomes the Gold Standard in Responsible Sourcing Practices
OAKLAND, CA and LUBBOCK, TX (June, 13 2011) – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, and Textile Exchange, a leader in facilitating the expansion of the global organic cotton and sustainable fiber supply chain, have formed a strategic partnership to offer brands new opportunities in responsible sourcing and to better support cotton farming communities around the world. This new partnership will focus on market-linkage, j
Baltimore, MD, June 9, 2011 – Catholic Relief Service’s (CRS) 2011 Fair Trade Fund grant awards, totaling $87,000, will go to three recipients representing Fair Trade business, academia and artisan producers.
The purpose of CRS’ Fair Trade Fund is to seed innovation and creativity to address the critical challenges in the Fair Trade movement, including growth and expansion.