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According to Fairtrade International, a large percentage of the imported honey is produced by impoverished beekeepers in developing countries in Latin America and Asia. Most beekeeping families live in remote locations with limited access to transport or market information. As a result, many beekeepers depend on local middlemen to buy their honey. In a weak bargaining position, beekeepers often sell their honey at a fraction of the real value. Many honey producers in the United States face significant obstacles to receiving a fair price for their product.
According to Green America, sugar is one of the most important world commodities, produced and consumed around the world. There are 135 million tonnes of sugar produced each year from millions of farms and plantations in 127 countries around the world. For many countries it is one of the most important sources of national income. For example, sugar accounts for 70% of Cuba’s exports and 40% of exports from Belize. However, for the millions of farmers and plantation laborers working to cultivate sugarcane, there are significant obstacles to earning a decent livelihood.
Looking for committed Fair Trade sugar and honey brands? Visit Fair World Project Commited Brands Page.
FWP’s committed brands are based on one of the following criteria:
- Companies are a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) or Cooperative Coffees;
- Certified by IMO’s Fair For Life program;
- Certified by the Agriculture Justice Project’s Food Justice Certified program;
- 70% or more of a company’s product line is certified by FLO/Transfair USA as “whole product” Fair Trade