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Edible Rhody KIDS: Fair Trade Means Fair Business for Farmers (Spring 2014)

RightColLayout 1Welcome Spring! Edible Rhody KIDS is created in collaboration with Edible Rhody magazine. This seasons’ topic, “Fair Trade Means Fair Business for Farmers”, makes us think about the people behind the food we eat. What are their lives like? Do they get paid enough to live a decent life healthy life? Learn what Fair Trade certified means and how we play a part in the food chain.

Have you ever thought about where that banana you had for breakfast comes from? What about the chocolate and sugar used to make that delicious cupcake? The people who grow these crops around the world should be paid fairly for their work and be treated well. Fair Trade makes sure they are.

Much of the food we eat every day is grown near the equator, at the warmest parts of the earth. This includes sugar, mangoes, coffee, chocolate, bananas and much more.

The people who plant and raise these crops are often paid very little in return–not enough to feed their children or to be able to send them to school or to a doctor. Sometimes kids are forced to work in the fields with dangerous chemicals that can make them sick.

Fair Trade is an international effort to connect farmers in developing countries with markets in the U.S. and Europe, places where they can sell their products at a fair price. It’s an important tool to help improve the living conditions of farming families.

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