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What is a Fair Trade Event?

The Fair Trade Event designation recognizes events that demonstrate a strong commitment to fair trade and Fairtrade certified products. Through an Event, participants can learn about Fairtrade and the Standards using fun games or activities and promotes interaction and educational opportunities. To become a designated event, organizers need to submit a completed application form demonstrating compliance with specific requirements. .

What is a Fair Trade School?

The Fair Trade School Program offers special recognition to schools demonstrating a concerted, long-term effort to support awareness and demand for Fairtrade certified products in their school. These designations have been modelled after the Fair Trade Town and Campus Programs and have been successful in growing the fair trade movement in Canada..

How much of the price we pay for Fairtrade products goes back to the producers?

Whatever the price of the product on the shelf, only the FAIRTRADE Mark ensures that the producers have received what is agreed as a fairer price, as well as the Fairtrade Premium to invest in the future of their communities. The Fairtrade price applies at the point where the producer organization sells to the next person in the supply chain (usually an exporter or importer). It is not calculated as a proportion of the final retail price, which is negotiated between the product manufacturer and the retailer.

What is a Fair Trade Campus?

The Fair Trade Campus program is designed to acknowledge university and college campuses that have shown leadership through their support of fair trade. Campuses are designated as Fair Trade and not certified (only products and producers can be Fairtrade certified) and assemble staff, administration and students together with purchasing policies that make Fairtrade certified products available and drive awareness and action amongst their peers.

How many Fairtrade products are there in Canada?

Thousands!  There are currently almost 7000 Fairtrade certified products available for purchase in Canada.  From single products like coffee, sugar or flowers to composite products including ice cream or personal care products, the variety of products available is increasing year over year. Fairtrade products can be found at local and independent stores to national chains including grocery and health food.

What product categories does Fairtrade certify?

Fairtrade Standards exist for the following products: Food products: - Bananas - Cocoa - Coffee - Dried Fruit - Fresh Fruit & Fresh Vegetables - Honey - Juices - Nuts/Oil Seeds/Oil - Quinoa - Rice - Spices - Sugar - Tea - Wine Non-food products: - Cosmetics - Cotton - Cut Flowers - Ornamental Plants - Sports Balls - Gold - Platinum - Silver   Read more about the Standards here: www.fairtrade.net/standards.html

Why are some Fairtrade prices set worldwide and others set for countries or regions?

There are worldwide prices for some products such as nuts, cocoa and juices, but most products have country-specific or regional prices. This is because production costs vary greatly around the world and prices for new products and origins have been set on a case-by-case basis. As the demand for new prices grows, the Fairtrade International Standards Unit is increasingly using regional rather than country-specific prices. This means new prices cover as many farmers and workers as possible and avoid the need for new research into pricing for the same product every time a new producer group is identified in a new country. If production costs vary significantly in a region, a consensus is reached between the farmers/workers and other stakeholders, in order to set a price that is acceptable for the whole region. 

Can buying Fairtrade products help to tackle climate change?

Farmers and workers must meet environmental Standards as part of certification. Producers are required to work to protect the natural environment and make environmental protection a part of farm management. They are also encouraged to minimize the use of energy, especially from non-renewable sources. By choosing Fairtrade, shoppers in Canada are ensuring that farmers and workers receive a Fairtrade Premium to invest in economic, social and environmental products of their own choice. It means they can implement a range of environmental protection programs which contribute to the range of solutions needed to address climate change and ultimately benefit us all.  For example, tea workers in India have invested some of their Fairtrade Premium into replacing the traditional wood-burning heating with a solar-paneled system. Coffee farmers in Costa Rica have used the premium to replant trees to prevent soil erosion and have invested in environmentally friendly ovens, fueled by recycled coffee hulls and the dried shells of macadamia nuts. This means that they no longer need to cut forest trees and can therefore preserve the rainforest and the oxygen they produce. By choosing Fairtrade products, you can help farmers and workers preserve their own environment and allow them to have a positive social benefit in their community. Climate change hits the poorest in developing countries hardest. This includes people whose livelihoods depend on agriculture. Through the Fairtrade Premium, farmers and workers have a little extra to use when harvests fail, or if they need to change to growing a different crop if the climate becomes unsuitable for the way they currently farm.

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