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FAIR TRADE

 The Chapter of the National Fraternity of Canada, OFS held at Châteauguay, Québec passed a resolution on  25 May 2012 which asks fraternities to: “commit, where and when possible, to purchase Fair Trade and organic coffee, tea, chocolate and sugar for all meetings; and (3) positively encourage the fraternities’ brothers and sisters to make the same commitment for their own individual use.”

 Therefore the OLOTA Council asks the sisters and brothers to buy Fair Trade products whenever possible. These products are becoming increasing widely available. Just ask the store clerks where the Fair Trade products are on the shelves. Fair Trade products certified by Fair Trade Canada can be identified by the logos shown below (on the left is the new international logo which is replacing the old Canadian logo on the right, but you will still see the old logo for some time to come):
 

 
 
There are many different organic certification logos.

A reminder of two papal statements (there are many more) on why we should adopt fair trade:

“Hence, in every case, a just wage is the concrete means of verifying the justice of the whole socioeconomic system and, in any case, of checking that it is functioning justly. It is not the only means of checking, but it is a particularly important one and, in a sense, the key means.” (Bl John Paul II, Laborem exercens, 1981, n. 19)

 “ ... purchasing is always a moral — and not simply economic — act. Hence the consumer has a specific social responsibility .... Consumers should be continually educated regarding their daily role which can be exercised with respect for moral principles ....” (Benedict XVI, Caritas in veritate, 2009, n. 66)