Sustainable Today revisits a topic we covered in 2011. The interview features Katie Barrow, PR manager for Fair Trade USA. It is the only independent third party certifier of fair trade products in the US. Katie explains what fair trade is, its history and how it’s certified and verified. Social as well as economic impacts on developing world producers is examined.
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Portland Roasting Company. Managing Partner Mark Stell, takes us through "Direct relationships" and this company’s efforts to go straight to the source. They verify and certify all the coffee they buy directly without third party support. Money is channeled back to communities to solve problems of water quality, education and better growing techniques. Projects are designed to align with Millennium Development Goals. Portland Walk for Water is sponsored by the company to raise awareness and money for more projects.