Did you know there is a dark side to fair trade vanilla?
According to the World Fair Trade Organization, the definition of Fair Trade is as follows:
“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.”
What’s not to like about this? Fairness for farmers, which helps them and their families to thrive as well as to continue to produce the foods, spices and other ingredients that we love and use regularly.
Have you noticed that prices for cocoa powder and chocolate have gone up recently? One of the members of the Baker’s Dozen, San Francisco group was shocked when he priced a 4-1/2 pound pail of cacao recently.
Sticker shock should be no surprise. There’s a horrendous political standoff in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) that began with elections in November, but that doesn’t appear to be getting any closer to resolution. Electricity and water were cut off to half the country recently and food shortages loom.
An article posted by Jaelith Judy in Care2.com explains part of
Recently I went to the Specialty Food (also known as the Fancy Food) show in San Francisco to see what was new and exciting in the food world. I also went to connect with companies who are supporting sustainability and ethical trade with farmers as well as selling fair trade and organic products. I’m happy to say that the number of specialty food companies buying consciously is growing, a hopeful sign for growers and consumers alike.
A company that I am quite interested in is Numi Tea. We carried Numi’s organic Indian Night Decaf Black Vanilla tea in our gift packages and by the box when we were still doing retail sales in our online store. The vanilla is delicate and understated, just as it should be so that the quality of the tea leaves are enhanced rather than overwhelmed by the vanilla.