Seven Yummy Fair-Trade and Global Do-Gooder Foods
Social mission: To create employment for poverty stricken single moms in Nicaragua. Paid well above minimum wage, moms also receive contributions to their social security. New on the agenda: a plan for working with farmers to provide higher cash for crops and schools for their communities.
Where to buy: Natural food markets, 150 Whole Foods stores on the West Coast and at pitayaplus.com
Social mission: Profits helped to build a deep water well that provides clean water to the 2,000 villagers in Tenede, a remote village in Tanzania where beans for the bar are grown.
Where to buy: At more than 300 specialty food stores including The Meadow in Manhattan, Whole Foods, Central Market in Texas, and online
Social Mission: To help Bangladeshi men and women earn a living wage. Profits go into rebuilding the local ecosystem, education, health care, and cattle-lending programs that benefit both tea garden workers and others living in the area.
Where to buy: Restaurants, coffee shops, specialty stores, Whole Foods, and at www.teatulia.com
Social Mission: To feed 200 million hungry children, one nutrition pack at a time. A dense paste of nuts, seeds, other good ingredients, packs help combat malnutrition with a 95% success rate.
Where to buy: Scattered locations across the country including markets, fitness clubs, college campuses and even the Boston Opera House, or online at twodegreesfood.com
Social Mission: A health care products company pays 1,000 honey collectors fair trade prices for their harvest, an income that allows tribe members to live and work in the same sustainable way they have for hundreds of years.
Where to buy: www.soligahoney.com
Social Mission: Kopali started out with bananas and a plan to protect the rainforest, ecosystems, and farmers in Costa Rica. But its new mission extends to thousands of farmers around the globe with different fruits to nourish and heal the planet.
Where to buy: Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Amazon.com
Social Mission: While about 12 million Ethiopians depend on the coffee industry for their livelihood, farmers belonging to OCFCU have significant advantages that let them build new homes, educate their children, and enjoy an improved quality of life.
Where to buy: Online or at natural food stores