As we look forward to 2009 the global economic crisis necessarily
impacts the way we see the importance of equitable trade, democratic
control and Canadian ownership. As the economic situation in Canada,
with a low Canadian dollar and slower sales, affects La Siembra
from a revenue and margin perspective, we also recognize at this time
that cocoa and sugar producers have even more to lose. If consumers
stop supporting fair trade in this moment of economic uncertainty then
the future for commodity producers is bleak.