"We see a real momentum now with big companies and institutions switching to fair trade."
-Paul Rice, president and chief executive of TransFair USA-
Fair trade awareness is growing. That's what Andrew Downie reports in "Fair Trade in Bloom." According to the article (and to the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International), consumers spent approximately $2.2 billion on certified products in 2006. That's a 42 percent increase from 2005, a percentage increase that benefits more than seven million people in developing countries.
If you're reading this with your morning cup of joe, check out Kenneth David's "The Controversy and the Cup," an article exploring fair trade coffee.