Today I want to introduce everyone to the “Domestic Fair Trade Association”. I’m sure everyone is at least vaguely familiar with the “Fair Trade” label found on coffee, chocolate, tea and other tropical products. This label assures the buyer that the food was produced in cooperation with the farmers so that they get a fair share of the profits. Now a group has formed in the United States to protect our own farmers and farm laborers. Another attempt to support local farmers who are doing it right.
From the DFTA pamphlet: “Family and small-scale farmers are under severe pressure from Big Food corporations practicing industrial agriculture and sourcing cheap ingredients from around the world. Even organic food has become an ‘industry’ that is highly consolidated. Many farms and farmers have been lost. There are now fewer farmers in the U.S. than there are prisoners.”
I hope that as more and more organizations like this pop up there will be less and less chance for abuse of the organic system ( see my next post) and more and more awareness among the purchasing public of the need to support our local farmers in every way that we can.
To contact this “new” organization (actually formed in 2005) you can visit www.dftassociation.org.