A decade ago, coffee was the only Fair Trade product available in the US, and it was hard to find. Today shoppers can easily find a wide range of Fair Trade products in stores, with more to come.
Globally, Fair Trade sales hit the $5 billion mark last year, helping more than one million producers (and more than five million family members) lift themselves economically.
In the 1990s, the organic market skyrocketed. Our editors tackle the question of whether Fair Trade is poised for the same growth in this decade.
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