I realize I’m a bit late to this discussion. I’m researching Mennonite prayer coverings for a book I’m writing. I live in a city with a Mennonite church and while we don’t have horse and buggy Mennonites, we do have those who dress more like the Amish and those who dress in long jean skirts and t-shirts that work at a local thrift store. One wore one with a slit in the skirt and one wore a knee-length skirt, so that is confusing to me. I was dressing only in skirts for awhile, and I felt I was more modest, in dress at least. 🙂 I’ve often wondered why, if it is commanded in the Bible, we got away from wearing head coverings in the Christian church. I think it may have started by misinterpreting the passage in reference to a woman’s hair being her covering. I wore one for awhile, but it didn’t last.
In order to provide a sense of the scope of Fair Trade it is useful to look at some facts and figures that describe the ‘success story’ of Fair Trade: World wide sales of labelled Fair Trade products are estimated at € billion for 2005 (Max Havelaar, 2006: 28). At the end of 2005 there were 510 producer organizations from more than 50 countries that represent over one million producers and – together with their families – over 5 million people are integrated into the Fair Trade system and profit from it (Max Havelaar, 2006: 28). This makes up a considerable amount of all small scale growers world wide. 7 Between 2003 and 2004 the sales of labelled Fair Trade products grew by 56 percent, exceeding the annual growth of 42 percent between 2002 and 2003 (FLO, 2006). The growth of Fair Trade sales since 1999 is illustrated in table 1.