World Fair Trade Day was started by Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, pioneers in organic, fair trade garments. In 2001 the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) adopted the celebration to promote global awareness of the principles of Fair Trade.
To find events in your area visit the World Fair Trade Day website.
Fair trade creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers to reach markets that would otherwise be inaccessible to small producers. It is a strategy designed to reduce poverty in developing nations and promote sustainable economic growth. Fair trade also means fair prices, and equity, such as equal pay for men and women and ensuring prompt and fair market prices to producers of goods. Fair Trade principles seek to ensure safe and healthy working environment for producers as well as actively encouraging sound environmental practices and the application of responsible methods of harvest and production. By purchasing products that utilize these principles, we can make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people world wide.
At Zócalo Gourmet, we support small scale producers of all natural cultural foods in Latin America by bringing quality products direct from the producers to you. In selecting our products we adhere to a set of principles that ensures fair and equitable treatment of our producers and the communities within which they work.
We hope that you'll attend an event near you this Saturday and support businesses that are making difference in the world.