01 Jul '12, 9am

From Field to Cup: Why It’s Important to Know the Story of Fair Trade Tea

From Field to Cup: Why It’s Important to Know the Story of Fair Trade Tea

This is the second article in a series on “The Future of Fair Trade ,” written in collaboration with Fair Trade USA . A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. To follow along with the rest of the series, click here . Pour a cup of tea, let it steep, and then take a sip as you ponder this fact: After water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world, with 15,000 cups drunk per second. Tea is everywhere — in our cafes, our kitchens, our offices, schools and stores — but how many of us really know the story of each leaf as it travels from field to cup? The tea supply chain is a complex trade network with many different players. Each and every farmer, worker, exporter, importer, processor, auctioneer, buying agent, retailer, café worker and tea drinker in the chain played an import...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/07/field-cup-important-s...

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