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Good News in History, November 15

30 years ago today, the world’s first International fair trade certification was launched uniting producers and labeling initiatives across Europe, Asia, Latin America, North...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, November 15

30 years ago today, the world’s first International fair trade certification was launched uniting producers and labeling initiatives across Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand behind the Max Havelaar Foundation plan in the Netherlands. Last year, ethical sales of global Fairtrade products rose by 8 percent to nearly $9.2 billion, generating more than $193 million for farmers and co-ops, with products in the U.S. like coffee, cocoa, and bananas seeing growth of 24%, 33%, 51%. SEE more impressive facts... (1988)