Global Awareness: Why Fair Trade?


Where does your food come from? Why does it matter how people and the land were treated during the production of foods? This workshop is an introduction to the social justice issues connected to many of our foods, while also providing opportunities to engage skills in geography, literacy, mathematics, philosophy, and critical thinking.

Little Ones aged 5 to 9

Foods: banana chocolate chip muffins/pancakes and fruit salad

Big idea: An introduction to the geographic origins of some of the foods that one eats daily, and the concept of fair trade as a response to the unfair/unjust nature of many cash crop industries.

Learners Will:

  • use world maps to build familiarity with where their food comes from
  • apply the concepts of fairness and justice
  • understand the meaning of the fair trade label
  • collaborate with other learners in culinary activities to create and share a fair trade based meal.

Growing Ones aged 10 and up

Foods: a selection of banana chocolate chip muffins/pancakes and fruit salad, chocolate ganache cake, or chocolate truffles

Big idea: An introduction to the geographic origins of chocolate, and the concept of fair trade as a response to the exploitative nature of this cash crop industry.

Learners Will:

  • use world maps to build familiarity with where their cocoa comes from
  • explore and apply the concepts of fairness and justice
  • understand the meaning of the fair trade label and why it has been developed
  • collaborate with other learners in culinary activities to create and share a fair trade based meal.