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Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with a Coffee Break

Support fairness for farmers this May.
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Ann Arbor celebrates WFTDFair Trade is about treating people and the planet with respect and dignity. So join coffee drinkers across America to celebrate with events leading up to World Fair Trade Day on May 14.

It’s simple: All you have to do is enjoy a cup of Fair Trade coffee from May 1 to 15 at any of the events planned around the world, coordinated by the Fair Trade Resource Network. Last year more than 65,000 people in more than 80 countries participated. This year, advocates hope to up that number to 100,000, so tell your friends, co-workers and family to join you for a cup of Fair Trade java.

Aside from promoting a delicious cup of coffee, the goal of the campaign is to raise greater awareness of the importance of supporting Fair Trade producers. By buying more than $1 billion of Fair Trade products annually, North American consumers are supporting more than a million farmers and artisans, ensuring them a fair wage and giving them the power to create resources and jobs for their communities. And all you have to do is take a coffee break.

Coffee isn’t the only Fair Trade good you can enjoy. You can support World Fair Trade Day 2011 by buying from and learning more about its sponsors, including Ben & Jerry’s, Theo Chocolates, Wholesome Sweeteners Raw Honey, Maggie’s Organics, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Fair Trade Apparel, Fair Trade Towns USA, Fair Trade USA, Green America, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Lucuma Designs. Other sponsors for the event include Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade Certified, Fair World Project, Global Exchange, Catholic Relief Services, Indigenous Designs and WorldofGood.com by eBay. —Denise Shoukas
While most artisan coffee brands have Fair Trade options, these companies focus most of their selection on Fair Trade–certified, organic and shade-grown coffees.


Denise Shoukas is a regular foodspring.com contributor and is the author of foodspring’s food forager blog.


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