What is Fair
"Fair trade" is a positive form of trade that
ensures that the rights of humans and the environment are not forgotten
for the sake of profits. It shows that global trade can foster
a positive symbiotic relationship for both producers and
consumers. It is the exchange of goods based on principles of
economic and social justice. It provides a fair wage, enables workers to
provide for their families, encourages environmentally sustainable
practices, and offers hope for the future to farmers and artisans around
Who is the Ithaca Fair Trade Coalition?
The Ithaca Fair Trade Coaltion (IFTC) was founded in May 2003 as a
collaberative effort of The Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations
(CUSLAR), Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club, Ten Thousand Villages
Ithaca Store, Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition, and other concerned
IFTC works to encourage consumers to buy fair trade products,
assist retailers in finding and stocking fair trade products, supporting
producers who produce or want to produce fair trade goods, and supporting
the fair trade movement in general.
IFTC also recognizes the importance of buying local products when
available and encourages consumers to support and get to know local
producers in order to sustain local economies and prevent abuse and
exploitation in production.
If you would like to get involved, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more about when we meet and our current efforts.