Back in October, during National Fair Trade Month, Emily highlighted several foods where fair trade policies—which require sustainable farming and just labor practices for the workers—make a big difference. Chocolate, flowers, and wine (um, anyone buying those soon?) are three categories that offer good options...TransFair USA, the organization responsible for fair trade labeling in the US, is promoting Valentine's Day as an opportunity to buy flowers, chocolate, and wine from ethically and environmentally responsible companies.
A lot of fair trade products (especially chocolate) are sold at Whole Foods, but we were also happy to see that FTD, 1-800 Flowers, and Sam's Club offer fair trade flowers. Buying fair trade flowers can help workers in Ecuador, Columbia, and Kenya (where Faith just visited) get better wages and benefits, like maternity leave. (How's that for showing a woman you care?)
Fair trade chocolate is everywhere and easy enough to pick up, even if you're using it in one of these desserts. And click on the link below to see Mary's picks for fair trade wine.
Spread the love, baby.
• Visit the TransFair USA Valentine's Day website
More Fair Trade coverage:
October: National Fair Trade Month
Fair Trade: Cocoa
Fair Trade: Vanilla
Fair Trade: Sugar
Fair Trade: Honey
All About Fair Trade Wine
(Images: BetterEarthFlowers.com; Flickr member net_efekt, licensed under Creative Commons)