MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – There is a wide variety of products covered by fair trade standards, from fruits, vegetables, coffee, clothing, and more.
Every purchase of a fair trade product can make a difference for farmers and workers around the world.
Fair trade is an agreement between the company and the producer that producers will receive a fair price for their product.
“The buyer [company] then agrees not to engage in child or slave labor, to protect the environment and to have good working conditions, ”said Jane Dow, co-chair of Mankato Fair Trade.
The deal also includes an additional amount of money paid on top of the sale price to invest in commercial or community projects of their choice, a huge advantage in developing countries.
Products produced according to fair trade standards can be identified by logos on the packaging.
Locally, Mankato celebrates 10 years as a Fair Trade City, declared in 2011 thanks to the number of Fair Trade products sold in local stores and the use of Fair Trade products in local institutions, as well as raising awareness educational and community education on fair trade.
“We started in 2009, at the beginning we did a survey of the products that were here in town to begin with and there were about 13 products in about 14 stores. We now have 28 different products, more than double, offered in store and we have 18 stores, boutiques and institutions that practice fair trade. We also have the first [fair trade] school in the United States Loyola (Catholic school) became a fair trade school in 2012, ”said Dow.
Various stores sell fair trade products. Such as Cub Foods, Aldi, The Coffee Hag and more.
Mankato Region Buying Guide | Mankato Region Fair Trade Town Initiative (maftti.org)
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, many events are on the way:
- Mankato Fair Trade Facebook Contest: Post any fair trade items you find in the Mankato area. Prizes for the most unique ad with the most posts.
- October 15: 6:30 p.m. movie night at Grace Lutheran Church. Watching ‘The True Cost’ a documentary film focused on fast fashion. (also available via zoom)
- Oct 26: 4-6 p.m. Conversations on Fair Trade at Minnesota State University Mankato-Dr. Kristen Cvancara talks about her trips to Ghana and Myanmar to investigate and better understand fair trade practices. (also available via zoom)
- Buy fair-trade clothing, accessories and housewares from Global Mamas, Trama Textiles Coop and Liz Alig in the Bazaars-shop.
- October 10: Grace Lutheran 9:30 am-11:30am
- October 17: Lutheran Messiah 9:30 am-10:30am & 11 am-12pm
- October 31: First UCC of the Congregation 10:30 am-11:30am
- November 7: Lutheran Behléem 10:00 am-11:00am
For more information, visit Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative | Mankato, Minnesota (maftti.org).
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