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  • craig4

    I’d like to point out that the article J.Larson directs us to was also written by FairTrade USA (TransFair). Hardly an unbiased source. Again, more propaganda from TransFair (FairTrade USA)…

  • craig4

    The GOOD infographic posted on fair trade is produced by TransFair (now Fair Trade USA) who just broke from European and International standards so they can (make more money?) and offer their version of "fair trade" to Starbucks and Walmart type corporations. I'm not saying it isn't valid, but "fair trade" was established to help small farmers get a fair price and Fair Trade USA (formally TransFair) is bringing in plantation producers to offer lower prices and still offer a Fair Trade certification. In my mind it's a form of greenwashing but on a socioeconomic side. I know it's been a big issue at food cooperatives and other companies that work hard to achieve higher standards. Rather than lowering "the bar" for large corporations shouldn't we all be pressing them to rise to ours? Here is an NYTimes article about it fight going on:

  • Jerliyah

    Love this, its about time, although after I read Jean's article my new found hope in society took a punch. i know the USA is supposed to be the best place in the world, but it seriously disappoints me sometimes. Well, at least we're finally going in the right direction i suppose.

  • Jean Simenon

    Want to learn a little bit more about FAIR TRADE?

    Fair Trade in the US is about to change and become less about small farmers, but could soon include large producers abroad in the Fair Trade label. So basically you'll have no idea who you are really supporting with the new Fair Trade labeling. But don't worry, of course, this is only happening in the US (again). So the rest of the world is still strongly behind the original Fair Trade agreement, just not the US with companies like WHOLE FOODS behind this.

    • J. Larson

      @Jean, I’d like to briefly clarify that fair trade already includes many types of farming communities, not only small farmers in co-ops. International fair trade standards have existed for farm workers on estates in categories like flowers, tea and bananas for over a decade, as well as for groups of independent small farmers in categories like rice and cotton. As this article points out, Fair Trade USA is working to ensure that all farmers and workers have access to the opportunities and benefits of Fair Trade.

      If you’d like to learn more, this article provides another interesting perspective: