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?
gingko wrote:Currently I go 100% fair trade for chocolates and coffee. For chocolates, I don't have to think hard to decide, since most of my favorite (by taste) chocolates are fair trade anyway. I switched to fair trade chocolates and coffee a few years a go, after seeing and reading about many ugly stories in these trades. As for tea, I don't care much about fair trade because most farmers I know or know of are fairly happy. But it's always possible that there are ugly stories that I haven't heard of yet so if anyone knows some please do share.
Chip wrote:I would like to see more FTC teas out there, but I am not holding my breath too much for Chinese teas to go up dramatically. All of the FTC teas I have had so far have been Chinese.
I do not see reasons to think about FTC for Japanese teas where I am most of the time, they seem to have their act together w/o it.
I'm surprised you got mostly Chinese FT teas; the packaged ones I see in the local FT outlet are from Sri Lanka.