Globalisation issues and how to reduce them

Examples of Reducing the environmental and social costs of Globalisation

Fair Trade

  • It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of producers and workers who get paid unfairly.
  • It not only pays fair wages to producers, but also supports them by supplying financial and technical assistance, respecting cultural identity and the individual, developing long term relationships with artists and artist groups, protecting the environment, and educating consumers about the effects of how they spend their dollars.
  • Fair trade benefits workers and communities by spreading profits more equitably and stimulating the local economy. Profits are often re-invested into community projects, such as health clinics, childcare, and education.
  • Many FT members work directly with producers to develop products based on a sustainable use of their natural resources
  • FT organizations provide financial assistance to producers through loans or by supplying prepayments so producers can cover the costs of raw materials
  • fair trade tours allow consumers and store buyers to visit many of the cooperatives and family workshops in person

Organic Buying

  • Organic food is food that is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms
  • Getting local organic foods rather than conventional foods reduces the carbon footprint that conventional foods bring about - your food travels a lot less distance than other foods would.
  • on average, a fresh food item travels about 1,500 miles just to get to our plate
  • Local organic grown foods have a lot less or even no pesticides. Organic farmers may apply certain botanical or other non-synthetic pesticides, such as rotenone and pyrethrins which are both from plants - without the use of harmful pesticides, plants are able to reach their full potential and have a higher natural nutrient level.
  • Organic foods tend to be gentler on the land. You don't use salty fertilizers that essentially sterilize the soil, you don't use horrible pesticides that kill non-target insects – a lot less destructive
  • Organic foods sometimes taste a lot better and last longer than conventional foods.

Local buying

  • local farms are usually run by farmers who live on their land and work hard to preserve it. They protect open spaces by keeping land in agricultural use and preserve natural habitats by maintaining forest and wetlands
  • Local farmers don't have access to genetically modified seed, and most of them wouldn't use it even if they could.
  • Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it…


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