I have a lot of faith in people being basically good, decent, human beings, who care about other people as well as about their own, personal interests. (Why else would we have all the wonderful digiscrappers and POTD'ers helping each other out, sharing knowledge.) It's not that I don't think there's selfish or evil people in the world; it's just that I have faith that most of us are "good" most of the time.
I'm impressed with the Fair Trade movement. It reflects this basic caring about others. Here's what Global Exchange has to say about fair trade on their web site:
"The chief concern of the Fair Trade movement has been to ensure that the vast majority of the world's coffee farmers (who are small holders) get a fair price for their harvests in order to achieve a decent living wage. Fair Trade guarantees to poor farmers organized in cooperatives around the world: a living wage (minimum price of $1.26/pound regardless of the volatile market); much needed credit at fair prices; and long term relationships. These fair payments are invested in health care, education, environmental stewardship, and economic independence. Fair Trade Certified coffee is the first product being introduced in the United States with an independently monitored system to ensure that it was produced under fair labor conditions. . . "
And here are some coffee grounds!
And Fair Trade coffee sold even at places as commercial as Target!
But, even better, there's fair trade chocolate! I really like it when our church has fund raisers for various mission or disaster-relief projects, and sells fair trade products, (especially chocolate!) It's like double dipping!
This was a really cool week, having the theme of "Faith." I like that we shared more of some of our personal beliefs, and faith of various sorts. It was a nice way of getting to know each other a little more.
TFL and thanks for sharing!