12 months, 12 goals: eat fair trade food

march ethical goals

This month’s goal is to replace non-fair trade food items with fair trade, organic options as often as possible. Something clicked with me at the beginning of the year and I started to find it easier to take the ethical path. It felt less like a sacrifice to avoid Old Navy or to buy fair trade chocolate over a tried and true brand. It’s nice that it’s becoming second nature over time.

The fair trade movement began with food, so there are more options at standard grocery stores than many people realize. And specialty stores like Whole Foods – we’re fortunate to have one in Charlottesville – sell tons of ethical options, all clearly labeled.

This month, I plan to buy more fairly traded produce and continue to buy fair trade coffee, chocolate, and tea. All it takes in most cases is reading the label, but I can always research the production standards when production information is limited. I’ll be relying in part on Fair Trade USA resources to narrow it down.

When I talk about fairly traded food, however, I don’t just mean items with the fair trade label. Fair trade is tricky because companies normally have to initiate the certification process. If they don’t, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re hiding anything. There are plenty of local and domestic producers that likely follow ethical guidelines. It’s all about doing proper research and asking for greater transparency.

Wish me luck and join in if you’d like. Also, if you have any suggestions or resources, let me know!

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About Leah

Leah Wise is a member of FIRE in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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2 Responses to 12 months, 12 goals: eat fair trade food

  1. Catherine says:

    Such a good post, and we are trying to do this, too. This year, we started using a local grocery delivery service that provides organic foods from local farms and restaurants. There’s no membership fee to join, and you just have to place a $25 minimum order, which is easy for a family of four. They might have something similar where you live, but the variety of stores makes it easy to make good choices, too. 🙂

    • leahwise says:

      Yeah, I was thinking about using our local grocery delivery service; it’s nice and customize-able for price and preference. I might talk about it a bit with some input from my friends who use it and love it as one of my posts this month.

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