Buying small-scale local, organic, and Fair Trade
You can help small-scale food producers by becoming part of a global movement for food sovereignty by buying produce that is local, organic and/or Fair Trade. You have a lot of buying power and your choices can make a big difference. Here are some of the benefits of buying local, organic, or Fair Trade food:
Small-scale local (e.g. through your local farmers market or coop):
- Supports local economies and rural communities.
- A chance to regain knowledge about food and develop relationships with those who grow our food.
- Food straight from the farm is some of the freshest.
- Buying direct from farmers keeps more profit in the hands of farmers.
- Reduces toxic chemicals on the land, and in the bodies of farmers, farmworkers, and those who eat the food grown.
- Protects the soil by building nutrients, preventing erosion and protecting the soil for future harvests.
- Promotes biodiversity.
- Buying Fair Trade products helps smaller-scale farmers receive fair prices and offers better trading conditions. Members of the ‘Fair Trade Movement’ advocate for ‘fair’ prices to farmers, better working conditions and better environmental standards. The movement focuses on products from developing countries such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea and chocolate. When you’re shopping, look out for Fair Trade products.
It isn't always easy to buy local, Fair Trade and organic, but the important thing is to make informed and ethical choices when you go shopping, and talk to your family and friends about food choices.
Whenever you buy Fair Trade, you’re supporting food sovereignty. Whenever you buy organic, you're living out one of our fundamental Catholic principles, ‘safeguarding the environment’ also known as stewardship of creation. This principle calls on us to respect, share and care for the resources of the earth, which are vital for the common good of all people.