What Are Fair Trade Bananas?

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What Are Fair Trade Bananas?
Fair trade bananas are grown under specific fair trade rules. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Fair trade bananas are grown and harvested following fair trade practices. Rules for fair trade growers ensure small-scale farmers receive a fair price for goods sold under long-term contracts. Bananas originating from fair trade farms may have a sticker reading "Fair Trade Certified."

Rules of Fair Trade Production

Under the rules of fair trade production, farmers are not allowed to force labour or abuse child labour. Methods of farming must be eco-friendly or sustainable, thus decreasing impact on local vegetation. Fair trade rules apply to farms and individual workers or working unions employed by larger farms with contractual rights to bargain for wages and work practices.

Fair Trade Labeling

Fair trade bananas are marked with a "Fair Trade Certified" sticker or a sticker with the Fair Trade Federation logo. Bananas claiming to be fair trade without this certification may not be certified by the Fair Trade Federation or TransFair USA. TransFair USA is an agency outside of the Fair Trade Federation also licensed to certify bananas.

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