Behind the Seal

Follow the latest news, announcements, and real-life stories about the fair trade vision unfolding as a way of life.

  • Interview with Kakou, a fair trade cocoa farmer

    “We Are Suffering”: Can Price Increases Alone Save Cocoa Farmers?

    As of October 2019, Fair Trade USA will increase the premium and minimum price per pound of cocoa beans. Find out what this means for two cocoa farmers and what it means for you.

  • Farmer with his hands in his drying coffee beans.

    5 Common Myths About Fair Trade Coffee

    In the midst of a coffee crisis, it's more important than ever to know the truth about fair trade coffee.

  • piled-up haitian green mangoes

    Peeling Back the Fair Trade Certified Haitian Mango

    In a nation crippled by natural disasters and unstable markets, fair trade mangoes provide hope for stable livelihoods.

  • Indonesian fishing boats

    On the Trail to Seram, Indonesia

    Follow our Seafood Director Julie Kuchepatov to five Indonesian fishing communities to see where your Fair Trade Certified yellowfin tuna comes from.

  • a fair trade factory worker says I made your clothes

    Fair Trade Garment Workers: 'I Made Your Clothes'

    If you wear Fair Trade clothing, you have a hand in the making of these stories too.

  • garment worker in india

    How Fair Trade Helps Create Greater Transparency in Fashion

    #WhoMadeMyClothes? Glad you asked.

  • farm workers at wholesum receive paid health benefits

    Fair Trade Provides Health and Safety Protections to U.S. Farm Workers

    For 20 years, Fair Trade has empowered farmers and workers in countries around the world with protections against the harsh realities of agricultural work. Within the last two years, that has also come to include the United States.

  • coffee cherries growing in Colombia

    'There and Back Again': The Journey of Colombian Coffee

    Follow the steep, winding trail of Colombian Fair Trade coffee through the Sierra Nevadas.