The question is a tough one to answer, isn’t it? Who is sweating behind the scenes? Who makes our products? Who are the people who wake up every day to produce what we need? What conditions wait to greet them at work? If we fail to answer these questions, fail to name who these people are, how can we possibly convey our appreciation? Indeed, the system in which the economy is operating now does not allow the consumers to learn much about the manufacturers, especially those who are small-scale and self-sufficient. But that does not mean we should get away with not knowing or showing concern for them.
We should care, and even worry, about our producers. About whether they are treated fairly and with dignity. Whether or not they are safe and happy, whether they are enjoying all the perks that come with having job security and satisfaction. But mainly, we should make sure that their emotional and physical wellbeing not be overlooked. Fair Trade does exactly this. It advocates for those who can not advocate for themselves!