Fair Trade Label: What It Really Means

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: You may have seen products with a "fair trade" label; but what does that really mean?
Air Date: 7/20/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Cygnia Rapp, Founder of MELT Organic
Cygnia-RappThey say necessity is the mother of invention. For Melt Organic's founder, Cygnia Rapp, it was being placed on a restrictive diet (no wheat, red meat, hard cheese, butter, peanut butter, and more) that severely limited her intake of fats and oils and quickly took the joy out of eating.

As a person who loves food and cooking, Cygnia decided to fight back. Working out of her kitchen, she set out to create organic alternatives that would not only meet her health requirements but also satisfy her taste buds. She tirelessly researched fats and oils, uncovering a wealth of little-known information about healthier fats and oils and their influence on health and well-being. What Cygnia “discovered” became the basis for founding Prosperity Organic Foods: Not all saturated fats were bad for her! Her body needs a combination of healthful saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats to maintain vitality.

After months of experimentation, Cygnia developed the recipe for MELT Organic based on two critical organic oils, virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil, that supported her digestive wellness and overall health. For the first time, these two important oils are in a food product that is easy to love and a pleasure to eat.

Cygnia’s discovery literally changed her life. Convinced of the health benefits and the importance of offering the MELT Organic choice to others, Cygnia invested her life savings and founded Prosperity Organic Foods.

Now in her 40s, Cygnia is far healthier, fitter, and happier than she was at 30, enjoying an active lifestyle of Nordic skiing, mountain biking, and hiking in the mountains with her friends, family, and her Alaskan Malamute. She continues to pursue her passions for nutrition and creating great tasting, healthy organic foods. She especially loves hearing stories from customers who have discovered MELT Organic and love it as much as she does.
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Fair Trade Label: What It Really Means
You may have seen products with a "fair trade" label; but what does that really mean?

Wherever the first world intersects with the third world, there is opportunity for corruption and exploitation.

Farmers in third world countries are often taken advantage of; sometimes only earning the equivalent of pennies for their goods.

The fair trade movement aims to remedy that.

While chocolate and coffee might get the most attention by consumers, fair trade encompasses a wide variety of agricultural and handcrafted goods, including baskets, clothing, cotton, home and kitchen decor, jewelry, rice, soap, tea, toys, oils, and wine.

Cygnia Rapp, Founder of MELT Organic, joins Andrea and Lisa to explain what fair trade means, why it's important to be a conscious consumer, and how her company upholds the highest standards in terms of fair trade, sustainability and organic products.