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Fair Trade Label: What It Really Means

July 20, 20169 min
You may have seen products with a "fair trade" label; but what does that really mean?You may have seen products with a "fair trade" label; but what does that really mean?Wherever the first world intersects with the third world, there is opportunity for corruption and exploitation.Farmers in third world countries are often taken advantage of; sometimes only earning the equivalent of pennies for their goods.The fair trade movement aims to remedy that.While chocolate and coffee might get the most attention by consumers, fair trade encompasses a wide variety of agricultural and handcrafted goods, including baskets, clothing, cotton, home and kitchen decor, jewelry, rice, soap, tea, toys, oils, and wine.Cygnia Rapp, Founder of MELT Organic, joins Andrea and Lisa to explain what fair trade means, why it's important to be a conscious consumer, and how her company upholds the highest standards in terms of fair trade, sustainability and organic products.

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