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Moving away from politics for a while as it was/is really becoming redundant.

Under Fair Trade, fair prices are paid to the producers, and companies are able to provide workers with a stable income that can improve their lives. Fair Trade aims to benefit small-scale farmers and workers through trade – this helps them to maintain their livelihoods and reach their potential

The Fair Trade certification system covers a growing range of products, including bananas, honey, coffee, oranges, Cocoa bean, cocoa, cotton, dried and fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, nuts and oil seeds, quinoa, rice, spices, sugar, tea, and wine.

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1. Are you familiar with the Fair Trade process?

2. Does Fair Trade have any influence in your purchase decision?

3. Do you look for the international Fair Trade symbol when purchasing a product?

4. Is Fair Trade a nothing burger for you in the grand scheme of things?


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Moving away from politics for a while as it was/is really becoming redundant.

Under Fair Trade, fair prices are paid to the producers, and companies are able to provide workers with a stable income that can improve their lives. Fair Trade aims to benefit small-scale farmers and workers through trade – this helps them to maintain their livelihoods and reach their potential

The Fair Trade certification system covers a growing range of products, including bananas, honey, coffee, oranges, Cocoa bean, cocoa, cotton, dried and fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, nuts and oil seeds, quinoa, rice, spices, sugar, tea, and wine.

Some questions...

1. Are you familiar with the Fair Trade process?

2. Does Fair Trade have any influence in your purchase decision?

3. Do you look for the international Fair Trade symbol when purchasing a product?

4. Is Fair Trade a nothing burger for you in the grand scheme of things?


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What I want to know is how your mind works, if you think this is not political.
 

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What I want to know is how your mind works, if you think this is not political.
I suppose you're right. Fair Trade is indeed a political thing (and more). I was referring to the somewhat volatile discussion surrounding POTUS.
 

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I suppose you're right. Fair Trade is indeed a political thing (and more). I was referring to the somewhat volatile discussion surrounding POTUS.

Well - if the POTUS is involved then of course it would not be political.


Thanks for the laugh.


Could we move this to the political forum where it belongs?
 

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Some questions...

1. Are you familiar with the Fair Trade process?

2. Does Fair Trade have any influence in your purchase decision?

3. Do you look for the international Fair Trade symbol when purchasing a product?

4. Is Fair Trade a nothing burger for you in the grand scheme of things?
Too nuanced of a problem for simple answers.

Fair Trade is a grass roots, non-governmental, market based reaction to some of the more negative social consequences of Free Trade, much the same as union organizing was in the 1900's. It is an attempt to stabilize the marketplace to the advantage of existing participants, particularly the smaller and less well capitalized producers. They have every right to improve their market position through collaboration. In the grand scheme of things, however, the technological advances we as a society need over the long run are driven by a more chaotic and disruptive free market.

The free market unquestionably favors the larger and better capitalized players at the expense of smaller participants. If this creates social problems that needs to be addressed, I would rather see them addressed through market based solutions like Fair Trade, co-ops and union organizing (things like Grameen Bank and Cap-and-Trade also fit here) than by new government regulation.

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Seems like it isnt all that different than the subsidies in place for some products.
 

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Fair trade is a good start, but that begs the question, who determines what is "fair"? I don't trust the capitalist corporations, who have all the bargaining power anyway. That is why we need international socialism. I will buy fair trade coffee.
 

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.... and are the photos copyrighted?
 
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