by Mike Holly*
More and more clothes on the high street are carrying the label for Fairtrade
This has to be the elimination of poverty through sustainable farming. That’s it pure and simple:-
It guarantees them a sustainable cotton price to cover the full costs of growing cotton as well as allowing them to invest in the future. It also helps put money into community projects by paying a small premium over the true farm gate cost.
Is this the same as Organic cotton?
No, not necessarily. The two are often related but they are independent of each other.
The cotton industry is huge…so surely the farmers must make a profit?
No, this is a common misconception. Cotton which costs 30 cents from the farm can end up as a $20
Do they still grow cotton in America?
Yes, the farms are automated and the American government erects tariffs and provides subsidies to protect their farmers. Foreign governments generally do not do enough for their own farmers.
I have seen Fair trade Coffee. Is that the same?
It’s the same idea, but for Coffee.
Will I pay more for goods with the Fair Trade
It depends. Ideally you will pay the same price as we believe that the Fair Trade
How can I find out more?