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Java and justice

Church finds opportunities for education and witness in the cofee it serves

Our Redeemer participates in a Lutheran World Relief project by buying and serving "fairly traded" coffee at church functions. This is coffee purchased under terms that assure the coffee growers--usually small farming families like the one in which Bernard grew up--an equitable price for their crop.

A fair price is important because almost 20 million coffee growers and their families worldwide live in poverty despite sustained demand for coffee. Although small farmers do 90 percent of the work to produce the coffee, they don't control the terms of trade and receive less than 10 percent of the profits. Fairly traded coffee helps farmers in developing countries build a sustainable future for themselves.


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