Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This December, as winter gets underway, we’re looking forward to filling our homes with the delicious scents of freshly baked holiday goodies made using Fairtrade certified sugar, herbs, spices and other baking goods. Whether you’re making treats for your family gatherings, or dishes to bring to office potlucks, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping to be sure that your sweet and savoury ingredients make a difference to farmers and workers who are marginalized by trade.
Fairtrade certified sugar is available in many grocery stores across the country. A wide range of Fairtrade herbs and spices can be found in national retailers and many local specialty shops – including vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper and turmeric. When planning more decadent treats, don’t forget to pick up Fairtrade certified cocoa, baking chocolate and chocolate chips
Juan José Arias Vargas, a small-scale sugar cane producer affiliated to the San Ramon Sugar Co-operative, stands in from of his family-owned fields in the hamlet of La Paz, Costa Rica. Photograph: James Rodríguez, mimundo.org