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City to become ‘Fair Trade Town’

Chico Enterprise Record

City Councilors are taking steps to make Chico a “Fair Trade Town.”

The Chico City Council voted Tuesday 5-2 to pursue a resolution supporting fair trade and to commit to serving certified fair trade products at its meetings, one of five requirements to become a certified Fair Trade Town.

The City Attorney’s Office will prepare an official resolution, which will go before the council at a future meeting.

The Chico Fair Trade Town Coalition, a group working out of the Chico Peace and Justice Center, hopes to have Chico recognized as a Fair Trade Town by January. For the city to receive that designation, the group would need to meet other goals.

Sue Hildebrand of the Chico Peace and Justice Center said 16 stores in Chico already serve fair trade products. She said the agreement does not violate any price fixing laws, and is consistent with fair pricing laws.

“We do this anyway,” Hildebrand told the council. “Chico is already doing this. It’s sort of a way to say we are conscious consumers and we are conscious businesses.”

City Councilors Larry Wahl and Steve Bertagna voted against the plans. Both said earlier it would be a waste of the council’s and city staff’s time when other issues believed more important must be dealt with.


Staff writer Jenn Klein can be reached at 896-7767 or jklein@chicoer.com.


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