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i hear you.  i think it comes down to fear.  the free-traders are afraid of the potential of fair-trade to displace them.  so they'll use any specious argumentation to knock other models of doing business.

the best ways to respond to the accusation are to (1) make verification thorough, (2) provide evidence that fair-trade producers, even if they are only getting 10%, are still getting significantly more than what they would otherwise get through "free trade", and (3) convert as much as the supply chain from "free trade" to "fair trade", and do it verifiably.

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire

by marco on Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 at 05:38:48 AM EST
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I quite agree. I'll add that the restriction of fair trade contracts to cooperative-type structures (as exemplified by one of the French groups mentioned in the article) is also an important point (imo) in favour of fair trade, and a further guarantee that producers are reasonably more likely to be getting a fairer deal as well as being part of a structural process that will offer them a better future.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 at 07:22:50 AM EST
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