Why The Food

The fair trade movement has had its ups and downs until the 1980s when a crisis in the coffee market began a new focus on certifying fair trade food. Unlike fair trade items such as clocks, clothing or jewelry, food is something we need on a daily basis.

My interest in Fair Trade food began when I purchased a package of Fair Trade chocolate chips. This started me wondering about what fair trade really means. I have studied it and talked to Fair Trade Certifiers and sellers throughout the United States and Europe, I buy fair trade whenever available. I discovered that there was no comprehensive guide to how to find fair trade food in the Bay Area. Now, I travel throughout the Bay Area seeking fair trade food and I want to share my discoveries.

I live in a rural area of the East Bay Area so finding Fair Trade items was a challenge. However, I have discovered that if you look around you will actually find fair trade food in most grocery stores. You can certainly find fair trade coffee everywhere.

New Fair Trade Product

Fair Trade bubbly tea. Made with fair trade Organic Green Tea.

Purchased at Sprout's Farmer's Market in Walnut Creek.

I'm not a diet soda drinker but I thought I'd give this Tea a try. This was the blueberry-pomegranate flavor. It is sweetened with Stevia which you can definitely taste. It is not very sweet at all though and you can still taste the tea. Zero calories.

Good For All of Us

Thanks to the sustainable farming practices of fair trade farmers are taking better care of their land. We benefit with food that is better for us and wildlife benefits from not having their habitats destroyed by deforestation and chemical pesticicdes and herbicides. The farmers and farm workers benefit too by not being exposed to those chemicals.

World Wildlife Fund's Report on Sustainable Sugar