Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe1
Buying Local vs Fair Trade
We talk a lot around here about voting with our wallets, and often the choice is easy. Do you buy the conventional corn, which is most likely genetically modified and covered in pesticides, or the organic corn at the farmer’s market? No contest, right? But what about when you’re faced with choosing between local and fair trade?
Of course, you’re not going to find fair trade corn at the grocery store, but you just might see other fair trade goods like bananas, coffee, chocolate, and tea. What’s an ethically-minded shopper to do? Really, it’s a win-win situation, so it boils down to your priorities, and this handy infographic, which we found on our sister site, Insteading, breaks down the options nicely. If it’s a little bit hard to read, you can click to see a full-sized version.
- Fair Trade Bananas. Creative Commons photo by lilvanili
- Inforaphic via Ethical Ocean – eco friendly products, fair trade and vegan shopping.