Anthro Club Supports Fair Trade

by Austyn Gaffney
Contributing Writer

For most college students, homework, exams, part-time jobs and the weekend are much more prominent decisions than which local stores or commercial chains are appropriate for shopping. However, due to the inequities many people face in the production of high-demand goods such as coffee, clothes, accessories and imported foodstuffs, the power of purchasing must begin to be acknowledged by all consumers.

Buyers currently have the choice of acquiring goods from a monopolistic, corporate enterprise such as Wal-Mart and other national brands, or purchasing goods at stores that fall under the category of “fair trade.”

The fair trade movement is based on sustainable and transparent commerce with companies, small businesses and even individuals who face disadvantages exporting goods to developed nations under their current trade systems. The mission of the fair trade ideal, according to the Fair Trade Resource Network, is to build mutually beneficial relationships, which value integrity, accountability and transparency for both the producer and the consumer.

By having a greater respect for the dignity of human labor and the sustainability of environmental resources, the fair trade movement seeks an expansion in economic opportunities will aid everyone, especially those in the world suffering under social and financial disadvantages.

Students and faculty alike at Transylvania have adopted this cause, and from March 30 to April 3, the Anthropology Club will be hosting the fourth annual Fair Trade Week, which includes various events centered upon promoting awareness of fair trade products and consumer responsibility.

These activities will culminate Friday, April 3 with a fair trade fashion show in the Campus Center at 7 p.m. President of the Anthropology Club Sara Thompson believes campus consciousness is essential.

“People rarely think about where the products they buy come from, who made them and the conditions they were made in. We hope to help people realize there are alternatives to shopping at corporate stores. In Lexington especially, I feel there has been a movement towards shopping at locally owned, environmentally and trade conscious stores, which is wonderful,” said Thompson.

Everyone on campus and within the Lexington community is encouraged to attend all the events at Transy during Fair Trade Week, and to put their new knowledge about fair trade practices to use by shopping at local stores such as Good Foods Market & Café, located on Southland Drive, or Lucia’s Imports L.C.C, located on High Street near Woodland Park.


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