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fair trade

trade carried on under a fair-trade agreement.
Origin of fair trade


[fair-treyd] /ˈfɛərˈtreɪd/ (formerly)
verb (used with object), fair-traded, fair-trading.
to sell (a commodity) under a fair-trade agreement.
verb (used without object), fair-traded, fair-trading.
to sell a commodity under a fair-trade agreement.
subject to or resulting from a fair-trade agreement:
fair-trade items; fair-trade prices.
Related forms
fair-trader, noun Unabridged
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  • fair trade production of surface ornamentation on garments and textiles.
  • Did you know that coffee was a topic for the fair trade movement before cacao.
  • So far, fair trade has not been a focus of discussions about sustainability.
  • Encourage your family to hand out candy made with organic sugar or fair trade chocolate.
  • Look for fair trade certification, sustainable and alternative energy use, and organic labels.
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  • Free and fair trade agreements can help us create the kind of pro-jobs, pro-growth economy that will lift our nation up.
  • Ingredients are culled from local farmers, and the restaurant offers fair trade, organic coffees.
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  • The other problem is that free trade doesn't mean fair trade.
British Dictionary definitions for fair trade

fair trade

  1. the practice of directly benefiting producers in the developing world by buying straight from them at a guaranteed price
  2. (as modifier): fair-trade coffee
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