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Celebration Aims to Get 100,000 to Support Fair Trade

May 1, 2013 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Fair Trade and San Diego Fair Trade will hold a Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 11 in celebration of World Fair Trade Day. N. Americans will gather from May 4-19, to invite friends, coworkers and neighbors to participate in Fair Trade activities for World Fair Trade Day, the largest Fair Trade event of the year. Participants will support trade justice and celebrate the producers, businesses and advocates who practice Fair Trade.

Local fair trade supporters, retailers, and consumers will join together in the largest local fair trade event of the year complete with opportunities to sample fair trade food and drinks, purchase fair trade gift items and enter into a raffle drawing for two fair trade gift baskets.  Recognition of La Mesa Fair Trade Town will be held at 1 p.m. on May 11 at Gingham Restaurant, 8384 La Mesa Blvd. Fair trade events will also take place at Sprouts Farmers Market, 4630 Palm Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

La Mesa Fair Trade and San Diego Fair Trade will be joining people across N. America to celebrate World Fair Trade Day, and honor the “Best in Fair Trade” Award winners.

The purpose of World Fair Trade Day is to raise greater awareness of fair trade to consumers, so that all trade becomes fair. Supporters will gather around 100,000 North American citizens, businesspeople, faith advocates, students, consumers and activists at Fair Trade events to celebrate the people who grow our food and produce our goods, as well as the businesses and nonprofits winning “Best in Fair Trade” Awards.  La Mesa Fair Trade and San Diego Fair Trade not only creates Fair trade products/supports fair trade, La Mesa Fair Trade and San Diego Fair Trade is actively encouraging the community to join around 100,000 people showing support for fair trade, organizers say.

Buying over $1.3 billion of fair trade products annually, U.S. consumers are supporting millions of farmers and artisans who make the goods we consume and enjoy. Fair  trade helps producers get paid a fair wage, and work in healthy conditions.

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