The Importance Of Fair Trade Food

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I do not agree with the claim “What we eat is just a personal choice” stated by my friend. In this essay, I will focus on the aspect of eating animal meats in our everyday life to demonstrate what eat or consume is not as simple as we think. Besides, supporting fair trade foods and reducing food wastage in the food buying and consumption process will also be discussed. Indeed, there are social and psychological factors affecting our personal choices and what we choose to eat will have subtle and even significant implications to various stakeholders such as the farmers, the food producers, and the environment. To begin with, many people insist saying that “Eating animals is just a personal choice.” It is merely a debate between choosing animal…show more content…
The food that we wish to buy and consume will affect the life of farmers as well. More specifically, I am relating the buying decision to support the fair trade work. According to the lecture materials, “Fair trade is an alternative approach to convention trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers.” (Lecture 3, Slide 9). Consumers are often encouraged to buy foods that consist of a fair trade label. In fact, there are some benefits of supporting fair trade food. First, in developing countries such as China and India, there are millions of hardworking farmers producing meals every day. Their work condition is harsh, and most of them are required to toil under the sun to provide the food for us to consume. Unfortunately, their wages are low with little to none work compensation. Also, they are not being paid enough to support their families. So if we buy food products without carefully thinking where they come from or who produced it, then we are feeding exploitation to farmers. So we can do to choose fair trade products so that farmers working in the developing countries can be able to get a better deal. Farmers can have a stable income, and they can subsequently use the income earned to buy nutritious foods for their family, pay for their children’s tuitions and improve the quality of life of their whole family. Fair trade requires the collaboration between consumers (food buyers) and farmers (food producers). When farmers sell their crops through Fair trade cooperatives programs and plantations, they can be able to receive more money to invest back into better farming methods, clean water and improving the health of their communities. Quality of life will significantly rise as a

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