With kids out of school and on their summer vacation, now is a great time to teach them about the values of fair trade: equality, justice and interconnection. It can help them to appreciate the fair trade food they already enjoy, even more.
[caption id="attachment_529" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="An elementary school funded by the Stellar Winery in South Africa"]
Here’s a few simple ways to start the dialogue!
1. Next time your kids are about to peel open a fair trade banana ask them if they know what that little black and white logo sticker means? If they don’t, use this as an opportunity to explain it to them.
2. How about playing a game with pieces of sweet fair trade dried fruit or nuts? If you use a map of the world, you can show them where the food we eat comes from—it ‘s both a lesson in interdependence and in geography.
3. If they’re old enough, invite them into the kitchen with you to help prepare an all-fair-trade dish that they can enjoy eating afterwards.
4. Once you’ve shared your fair trade knowledge with your kids, have them bring a Fair Trade apple to their teacher in the fall so they can pass that knowledge on to even one more person! Try this with a friend or relative and a bouquet of fair trade flowers too.
5. And lastly, don’t forget to reward your child with some fair trade chocolate or even a fair trade soccer ball.
[caption id="attachment_530" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Aguadas Pipinta, a coffee cooperative in Colombia, used fair trade premiums to build a second story of a classroom so kids like this one could go to school."]
By educating your child about fair trade, you’re really helping children all around the world. With the additional social premium on Fair Trade Certified products, impoverished farmers have been able to invest in the education of their own children as well as the children in their entire community. Fair trade premiums have built schools, provided books and uniforms, paid teachers and sent young women from rural farms to college for the first time. So lets make supporting fair trade a family affair from the farm to the table.
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