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Photos by Christian Manzano and Reign Santos, Tec Voc Photography
Whether it’s chocolate, coffee,
rice or other products, North Americans enjoy the bounty of small-scale farmers
But these farmers are often
marginalized from these multi-billion dollar industries. The concept of fair
trade is to support these small-scale farmers in developing countries; they can
form cooperatives and vastly improve their working conditions and quality of
life for their families.
Tec Voc High School held a Fair
Trade Awareness Day on Jan. 10, part of an ongoing effort to become a fair
trade certified school.
Students learned about the concept
of fair trade with their home room classmates, as well as being exposed to
foods and recipes made with fair trade products.
“We feel it’s very beneficial to
support farmers in developing countries. These producers are offered a fair and
livable wage to support their families,” said Kathleen Mira, an Applied
Technology and Commerce Teacher at Tec Voc. “This also helps students to
realize that the small every day purchases they make can help change the
Fair trade practices can impact the
producers of many high-volume consumer foods and other goods, such as
chocolate, coffee, tea, coconut, bananas, cotton, rice, leather (clothing and
sporting goods) and many other products.
Tec Voc will continue to offer fair
trade products at Stingers Store and the Vespa Coffee and Juice Bar. The school
also has a committee of students and staff that will continue to help bring
awareness to fair trade issues.
For more information, visit www.fairtrade.ca .