World is better with free trade

NANAIMO – Canadians often contribute to the better well-being of other people in the world.

To the Editor,

We Canadians often contribute to the better well-being of other people in the world.

This was true with fair trade coffee and is becoming to be more and more true with other fair trade consumer goods, such as chocolate.

The purchase of fair trade certified products has important consequences. It allows many producers to receive reasonable prices for their products and numerous workers and little producers to climb out of poverty. It also has positive impacts on the environment.

Nearly 15,000 enslaved children work on farms and cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast, which supplies 35 per cent of the world’s cocoa.

In Western Africa, there are 300,000 children under 14 working on such plantations, doing hard and dangerous labour.

We should all work toward a world where solidarity is at the heart of economic development.

A fair trade Easter would be an immense step in this direction.

Bruno Marquis

Gatineau,  Que.