Fair Trade

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Fair trade is a component of the quality of life and social justice aspects of agricultural sustainability. Learn more about fair trade in the U.S. and abroad, as well as standards and certifications available to farms and businesses that focus on the social aspects of agricultural sustainability.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

The Fair Trade Practices Program is comprised of 4 divisions: the Country of Origin Labeling Division, the Packers and Stockyards Division, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Division, and the Warehouse and Commodity Management Division.

Colorado State University.

The research center provides "critical and scholarly studies of fair trade, alternative trade, product certification, worker rights, and other promising initiatives." Offers scholarly research; graduate and post-graduate training; workshops, conferences, and symposia; and technical assistance.  Published the Handbook of Research on Fair Trade.

Fairtrade International.

"Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers." Learn more about fair trade principles and standards through Fairtrade International.

Domestic Fair Trade, Inc.

"The Domestic Fair Trade Association draws on both the international fair trade movement and the organic movement. We advocate for and practice a fair, equitable, and sustainable agricultural system that supports family-scale farms, farmer-led initiatives such as farmer co-ops, just conditions for workers, and organic agriculture."

Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance.

Offers global and domestic (U.S.) fair trade standards for agricultural products, processed food, personal care products, and handicrafts.

Agricultural Justice Project.

"Food Justice Certified is a label based on high-bar social justice standards for farms, processors, and retailers, including every link in the food chain from farm to table. Our approach is holistic; we ensure fair treatment of workers, fair pricing for farmers, and fair business practices. Food Justice Certified is designed for all agricultural production systems, fiber and cosmetics as well as food."