Sunday, July 25, 2004

Fair Trade Milestones

Currently over 200 coffee roaster and importers from all over the country are licensed to sell Fair Trade Certified™ coffee and it is available in more than 15,000 retail locations across the US.

Fair Trade Certified™ coffee has been in Europe for about 14 years.

In 2002 worldwide sales of Fair Trade Certified™ coffee grew by 46% percent.

Fair Trade Certified™ coffee imports have almost doubled in the US each year since it was introduced in 1999.

Fair Trade consumer education campaigns have been conducted in New England, the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle.

Fair Trade and the plight of coffee farmers has received major press coverage.

In September 2003, Procter & Gamble, one of the world's four largest coffee companies, announced that it would introduce Fair Trade Certified™ coffee products through its specialty coffee division, Millstone.

from Oxfam
Even a conservative campus like Case now has fair trade coffee. Let that be a lesson to you.

It's getting to be that time of the night when everyone else is asleep, my mind's not quite as sharp and crappy movies like Jaws 2 is on TV, so I'm reduced to watching a documentary on transvestites in India. Of course, transgendered people deserve safe and sustainable working conditions and compensation too.

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