Saturday, May 12, 2007,10:35 AM
World Fair Trade Day

Today is World Fair Trade Day. World Fair Trade Day is celebrated every second Saturday of May, and is endorsed by the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT), the global association of Fair Trade Organisations, comprised of 300 organisations from 70 countries around the world. This World Fair Trade Day calls on all of us to celebrate Fair Trade Organisations, buy more Fair Trade goods through Fair Trade stores, Fair Trade catalogues and campaign groups and encourage conventional companies to sell more Fair Trade products.

The theme this year is "Kids Need Fair Trade." Children in developing countries are exploited by the mainstream international trading system. The system pays millions of parents a pittance for what they produce. This often means that children have to work rather than go to school, do not have health care when they need it, and are trapped in a vicious circle of poverty. here.

The point is to raise awareness and start shopping with your heart. Care about people, about God's children. Send a message with your buying power. Economics doesn't have to be harmful and corrupt. If we demand fair and humane practices then they could end up in greater supply than the unjust stuff. But it takes us actually caring enough to do it.

Find more resources here.


posted by Julie at 10:35 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 5/13/2007 09:02:00 AM, Blogger Scott James

    Thanks for the link to the Fair Trade Resource Network, Julie. I hope you enjoyed WFTD!

    While our FTRN contest to win a Fair Trade soccer ball is now over, folks can still purchase their own at our site, as well as read more about the subject on our blog (

    - Scott James
    Fair Trade Sports