Fair trade is a consumer-driven movement to promote fair prices and reasonable conditions for producers of primary goods in developing regions. Although there is no universal definition of fair trade, most fair trade labeling organizations subscribe to the interpretation provide by FINE (an informal association between Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International, World Fair Trade Organization, Network of European Worldshops, and European Fair Trade Association).
"Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the Southern Hemisphere. Fair trade organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade” (1)
The following businesses provide fair trade goods at reasonable prices here in Columbia, Missouri:
25 South Ninth Street, Columbia, MO
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Open until 8 p.m. on Fridays
804-C E. Broadway, Columbia, MO
Sun. 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Community United Methodist Church
3301 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO
Tue. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wed. 1-7 p.m., Sun. 9:15-11 a.m.
9 to 1 Tues. 1 to 7 on Wed. and 9:15 to 11 on Sundays.
Member of Co-op America's Fair Trade Alliance
104B Swallow Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Rev. Jimmy Spear
101 N. 10th St. Columbia, MO 65201
Sundays 9:30-10:30 am
Kay Berkley and Sally Erickson
123 E. Hwy 124, Hallsville, MO
Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.