Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade Documentary
On Wednesday, October 21 at 5 p.m. in Rausch Auditorium come see a free screening of the documentary Buyer, Be Fair about fair trade coffee and FSC-certified timber. The film was partially shot on campus and features a few alums and Professor Matt Warning, who will provide an introduction for the film.

Fair Trade Facts
Purchase a Fair Trade coffee at Diversions during Fair Trade Month and you may learn something. Look for labels with facts about Fair Trade on your tasty Fair Trade coffee from local roaster, Valhalla! Facts featured include:

  • Look for Fair Trade sugar, spices, cotton, olive oil, cocoa, flowers and more.
  • Look for Fair Trade fruits, vegetables, coffees, teas, honey, nuts, grains and more.
  • Fair Trade sugar is grown without harsh pesticides.
  • Fair Trade spice farmers invest in traditional sustainable growing techniques.
  • Fair Trade herbs and spices are more often shade-grown.
  • Shade-grown products provide wildlife habitat and develops richer flavors.
  • Check your local market for Fair Trade chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, and soy products.
  • Fair Trade standards ban children from picking cotton.
  • Most Fair Trade olive oil is grown in conflict torn Palestinian territory.
  • Fair Trade olive oil allows small farmers to sell directly to international buyers.
  • Fair Trade almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts and more are now available.
  • Social premiums from Fair Trade products get used for community development.
  • Fair Trade flowers are grown using sustainable farming methods.
  • Fair Trade gives farmers an equitable price for practicing eco-friendly farming.
  • Look for Fair Trade fruits and vegetables: fresh, dried, and juiced.
  • Fair Trade principles include fair price, environmental sustainability, direct trade and more.
  • Fair Trade principles include community development, labor conditions and more.
  • Fair Trade farmers and workers decide democratically how to invest revenues.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are prohibited in Fair Trade products.
  • Fair Trade farmer organizations are eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair Trade certification involves farmers in 58 countries.
  • Fair Trade products are available at over 35,000 locations in the U.S.
  • Not all Fair Trade products are organic.
  • Fair Trade products are generally priced competitively with other gourmet products.
  • Puget Sound was the first college in the northwest to exclusively offer Fair Trade coffee.
  • Puget Sound now offers Valhalla coffees, which are Fair Trade, organic, and shade-grown.

Learn more about Fair Trade by visiting www.fairtrademonth.org or www.transfairusa.org.