Cup of Fair Trade coffee gives farmers a fair price
Saint Mary's College was mentioned in an article in the Catholic Voice about the promotion of social justice through the sale of fair trade coffee.
Mary Vue, a recent graduate of Saint Mary's College, became hooked on fair trade during a January term course where she learned about plummeting coffee prices on the world market and the effects on small farmers.
"My concern and passion for fair trade then blossomed into a campaign to change the coffee on campus last year," Vue said, and she took up the cause with Matt Carroll who manages the dining vendor on campus. As a result, Saint Mary's began serving 100 percent fair trade coffee -- Seattle's Best decaffeinated and regular -- at the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year.