Not everyone has the option to go organic and/or Fair Trade in their fridge and pantry, but for those who do, Fair Trade is a way to leverage your purchasing power on behalf of the poor. And organic minimizes chemicals in the ground, air, water, and of course, you.
It is no secret that many of our everyday products are farmed or manufactured by the working poor, but it can be difficult to know how to advocate for better wages for these workers. Purchasing Fair Trade certified products puts more money in the pockets of the people who often work hardest but earn the least.
There are many fair trade pantry items available, and The Kitchn has a great explanation of the details of fair trade as well as sources for cocoa, wine, vanilla, honey, and more.
For today, I want to share how we get our sugar.
As we’ve tried to shift to organic in our family, we simultaneously got into a conversation with a friend who does a ton of their everyday shopping on Amazon. This had not really occurred to me before; I tend to just buy books. Even though I know they sell more, I didn’t realize food items were an option.
We searched, and sure enough, organic sugar for about the same cost as Trader Joe’s, but with the bonus of being shipped to our house and being Fair Trade.
Interested in trying a Fair Trade Organic Sugar shipment?
Here’s my pros and cons list:
—Like I said, the cost is about the same as organic sugar at our Trader Joe’s, but that is not fair trade. Here, granulated is about $2.90/ lb. and brown about $3.22/lb.
–Our TJ’s also does not have organic brown or powered sugars, and Amazon does.
–They all work great in baking, despite being a bit coarser.
–The packages are small, 1-2lb per bag, and you are shipped 6 of them. We have a shelf in the garage to hold the extra and transfer 2 bags at a time to an air tight jar that lives in the pantry.
–This is not what you’d call a deal: I looked at Vons as another example, they have organic (not Fair Trade) granulated for $2.40/lb. You’re making a choice to pay a bit more in order to know you’re paying the workers better. I know this is not an option for everyone.
–The brown sugar has a strong molasses taste, so I don’t care for it on my oatmeal, for instance. In baking this has not been an issue. But the more processed stuff does taste buttery and I miss that a bit.
Do you try to go organic and/or Fair Trade in your family? If not, what’s keeps you from it? If so, do you have any good finds?
P.S. I am so not important enough for this to be sponsored. None of these companies have a clue I exist. We’re just trying to find ways to be a bit more earth and worker friendly in our house.