From the article: "I believe, without reservation, in the concepts and theories behind movements like Organic and Fair Trade. At the same time, I believe that each of these certifications (and a host of other competing programs) are not yet perfect."
+1 Spot on. Don't think I could have said it better myself.
Charles wrote:The flip side is that Fair Trade can actually retard this cycle by propping up growers that SHOULD go out of business or be forced to sell to someone that can actually make the farm profitable by growing products that people will pay for.
Charles wrote:The big question, as with any non-profit, is what percentage of the funds go for administrative purposes vs. going to the worker?
I'd love to know the answer to this. Of course, it's going to depend on the company, but it'd be interesting to see.
As for me, I don't go out of my way to search out Fair Trade items; it's like any other product - if it's there, I've heard good reviews, and it's not prohibitively expensive, I'll probably get it. I believe wholeheartedly in the concept, but you're right, the system needs work.