No. Organic certification can be a costly process and farmers in developing countries don't always have the means to certify their crops. However, Fair Trade Certified imports are around 50% organic and 100% GMO-free these days as farmers are investing their profits into organic production. The more we support fair trade as a whole, the more local farmers are able to commit to organic production.
Organization: Fair Trade Federation
Available to businesses located within the United States and Canada, FTF requires the sale of 100% fair trade products in almost all cases (with the exception of education materials) in order to quality for membership.
Organization: World Fair Trade Organization
The World Fair Trade Organization expands beyond producers to include marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers, and retailers. WFTO operates in over seventy countries, offering membership across Africa & the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America & the Pacific Rim.
Organization: Fair Trade USA
A 501 (c) (3) non-proft organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading certification label in theUnited States. They "envision a day when Fair Trade products are readily available in stores across the country, when U.S. consumers can choose a 'Fair Trade Lifestyle' and shop responsibly in every product category."
Organization: Fair for Life
Operating with non product-specified standards, Fair for Life applies their certification to a diverse array of goods from food commodities to non-food raw materials and finished goods.
Organization: Fairtrade International
Fairtrade International works with fair trade organizations around the world to coordinate certified labeling. Headquartered in Germany, they work with three producer networks, twenty-five fair trade organizations, along with FLO-Cert, another major inspection and certification organization.
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