Dawn to Dusk


Fairly traded…. or not?

Posted in Living Ethically by acuthbert on August 30, 2006

I heard someone once claim that Fair Trade coffee is bad as it encourages farmers to stay in an industry which is already massively over supplied. However that block might have had his own agenda. Makes you think I suppose. All the same I reckon if we’ve the choice Fair Trade is the way to go (incidently Tesco sell great Fair Trade biscuits). Not to buy fair trade for the reason above is a bit like saying “I could give you a fair wage, but that would just encourage you to continue making coffee which gives you a crap wage. Much better for you if I pay you peanuts to force you out of your livelihood so that farmers like you can have a better wage…”.

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