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Pay The Farmers What They Deserve

Fair Trade is an effective and efficient response to poverty. It is one easy thing we can do to redirect some of our food dollars to the farmers in developing nations that grow products that we can't grow locally, like coffee and chocolate.

Fair Trade contributes to a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally, by making sure the farmers get what their crops are worth.

On May 14th 2011 millions of small producers, artisans, farmers, Fair Trade producers, traders and consumers will celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

In this video, author Anna Lappe (daughter of Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet) and chef Bryant Terry discuss how choosing Fair Trade products contributes to a sustainable food system.

Wouldn't it be great to know that the coffee you buy may be helping a farmer and his village out of poverty -- instead of keeping a system in place that assures he will never be paid anything close to the fair price? It only costs us pennies more to make this choice.

Let's start asking for Fair Trade products in stores that don't carry them... yet.

Spread this video and spread the word far and wide!

-Bibi Farber

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This video was produced by, a national educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability.