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Fairtrade is made up of the two English words: fair + trade

fair (adjective) to treat people equally


trade (noun) the activities of buying and selling
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warmer

a) Read the labels in the clothes you are wearing now. Where were they made?

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b) What did you have for breakfast this morning? Do you know where the things you ate and drank were
produced or grown?
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What does it mean?

Write a word or phrase from the article next to the definitions below. The paragraph number will
also help you find the correct words.
1. needed or depended on something or somebody ___________________________ (paragraph 1, 2 words)
2. workers who have special skills or training, especially those who make something ____________________
(paragraph 2, plural)
3. poor lands without many industries ___________________________ (paragraph 2, 2 words, plural)
4. to improve peoples knowledge or understanding of something ___________________________ (paragraph 6,
2 words)
5. someone whose job is to make cloth, often by hand __________________ (paragraph 7)
6. an income that is enough for you to buy the basic things you need such as clothes and food
___________________________ (paragraph 8, 2 words)
7. a way to describe something that is designed not to harm the natural world around us
___________________________ (paragraph 8, 2 words)
8. people who are not worth as much as other people they get less respect ___________________________
(paragraph 8, 2 words)
9. a symbol that represents an organization or company, used, for example, in its advertisements or on its products
__________________ (paragraph 9)

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10. honest and reliable suppliers ___________________________ (paragraph 9, 2 words)

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Fair for all

by Ann Foulds

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the coffee
of
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the
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abou
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what Fairtrade was, but learn
said.
in
farmers opened my eyes, Caitl

ers around the world.


There are about 25 million coffee farm
coffee beans. But
their
for
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e through Fairtrade
coffe
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now more farmers are sellin
is one of the biggest
e
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it.
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and more people are buyin
Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade coffee gets


Caitlin explains, A farmer who grows
send his children to
to
ey
mon
a fair price. He gets enough
er who doesnt sell
farm
A
ly.
fami
school and buy food for his
children to school.
his
send
t
can
his coffee through Fairtrade

They have to work with him.

t coffee for school.


After Caitlins trip, she did a project abou
with her mum
la
ema
Guat
to
Last summer she went back
ed a lot, she
learn
I
s.
eum
mus
e
and visited farms and coffe
g more putakin
are
nts
pare
her
says. This spring Caitlin and
t Fairtrade.
abou
ing
learn
all
are
p
pils to Guatemala. The grou
money and talking to
Were selling Fairtrade coffee to raise
Fairtrade means
me,
To
s.
enes
other classes to raise awar
free to choose
be
to
need
ers
freedom, Caitlin says. Farm
.
price
right
the
who buys their products for

Who is doing the work?

ucts
Many people think that all Fairtrade prod

are food.

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What you should look for

ey your power to
Through Fairtrade, youre using your mon
e the product to get a
say that you want the person who mad
what to buy. Here are
fair price. But it can be difficult to know
some tips:
tells you that youre
Look for the Fairtrade logo. This
products.
buying something made from Fairtrade
and who is selling.
Think about where youre shopping
because they
Some companies sell Fairtrade products
them because
believe in the system. But others sell
e companies
ethical shopping has become cool thes
uced ethically.
may sell other products that arent prod
uced dont have a
Many crafts that are ethically prod
logo. Try to buy from reputable sources.
before you buy them.
Ask about where things come from
Fairtrade products, ask
If your supermarket doesnt sell
the manager to sell them.
. Use the Internet to
Online Fairtrade shopping is easy
for yourself, your
read about Fairtrade and find presents
family and friends.

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system helps farmers


But theres an alternative. The Fairtrade
rade helped around
Fairt
,
and artisans to get paid fairly. In 2006
g countries. We
lopin
deve
57
6.4 million workers and farmers in
rtant to them
impo
is
rade
talk to young people about why Fairt
too.
you
to
and why it should be important

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nization called
When I was 16, I got a job with an orga
to
taught me how
Reaching The Unreached (RTU). They
an. Now I weave two
artis
an
as
ing
work
weave and I started
days a month from
bed sheets a day and I work about 25
Fairtrade saves
8.30 in the morning until 5 oclock. I think
and saves people
poor people. It gives them a living wage
starvation. And
in rural India, and in other countries, from
rade products are
we can help to run the business. Fairt
and are sold at fair
environmentally friendly, of good quality
people like me get fair
prices. People should buy Fairtrade so
a weaver has helped
money for their hard work. Working as
y people here see
me to become respected by others. Man
I earn good money and
women as lesser individuals. But now
account. So now I get
have things like jewellery and a bank
h. I didnt want to
respect. In the future, I would like to teac
chance to continue my
leave school. Now Im working for the
education and to become a teacher.

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llery, sports
But artisans make and sell clothing, jewe
prices. We
rade
Fairt
at
ucts
prod
r
balls and many othe
town of G.
the
from
i
shm
ulak
Muth
talked to 19-year-old
s of school, she
Kallupatti in India. After only a few year
parents were too
her
use
beca
ns
lesso
had to stop going to
ing as a weaver.
poor. A few years later she started work
made her life better.
Muthulakshmi told us how Fairtrade has

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er Martin Luther
In the 1960s, American civil-rights lead
breakfast this
King said, Before youve finished your
world. It was true
morning, youll have relied on half the
for even more people
at that time and its probably true
lots of different places.
today. The things you buy come from
le who work extremely
But many products are made by peop
gets paid fairly for
hard for very little money. Not everyone
es make huge profits.
what they make or grow. Big compani

Find the information

Look back at the article to find the answers to the questions. Write the information into the Fairtrade
word crates.
Which Fairtrade products are mentioned in
the article?

Fairtrade
word crate
___________________________________
___________________________________
___________________________________
___________________________________
___________________________________
___________________________________

How does Muthulakshmi benefit from Fairtrade?

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Fairtrade
word crate
___________________________________
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How do coffee farmers benefit from Fairtrade?

Fairtrade
word crate

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teen talk

In paragraph 9 you can read that ethical shopping has become cool.
An ethical shopper is
a) someone who goes shopping in India.
b) someone who cares about the conditions of workers who produce the thing we buy.
c) someone who only buys handmade products.
Are you an ethical shopper?
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make a poster

In groups, make a poster encouraging people to buy Fairtrade products.


1. Download photos from the Internet and if possible glue real wrappers and packaging to your poster.
2. Give five reasons why people should buy Fairtrade products. Use information from the text.
3. Dont forget to include the Fairtade logo.
4. Give your poster a title.
5. Present it to the class.
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Webquest

Have a look at these websites. Read or watch a video about a Fairtrade project, make notes and
explain the project to your class.

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/
http://www.fairtrade.net/
http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/trade

Role-plays

Choose one of the following situations and act it out.


a) Act out a scene between a shop assistant and a (non-ethical) shopper. The shopper wants to buy something
(chocolate, clothes, etc). The shop assistant should try to persuade the shopper to buy a Fairtrade product even
though it costs a few cents more than the non-Fairtrade version.

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b) Act out a scene between a shop keeper and an ethical shopper. The shopper wants to buy a Fairtrade product
but the shop keeper doesnt have it in the shop. The ethical shopper should try to persuade the shop keeper to
stock and sell Fairtrade products in the future.

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relied on
artisans
developing countries
raise awareness
weaver
living wage
environmentally friendly
lesser individuals
logo
reputable sources

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Fairtrade products: coffee, clothing, jewellery, sports balls, sheets
Muthulakshmi: she gets a living wage (earns good money), she gets respect, she has jewellery and a bank account,
she will go back to school and continue her education then train to be a teacher.
Coffee farmers: can send their children to school, the children dont have to work, can buy food for their families.
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