Fair Trade? Apparently not

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The left-wingers who buy so-called Fair Trade products to balance their middle class guilt have been delivered a wake up call courtesy of the Guardian, no less.

“Sales of Fairtrade-certified products from Uganda and Ethiopia are not benefiting poor farmworkers as profits fail to trickle down to much of the workforce, says a groundbreaking study.

The Fairtrade Foundation is committed to “better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world”.

But a UK government-sponsored study, which investigated the production of flowers, coffee and tea in Ethiopia and Uganda, found that “where Fairtrade flowers were grown, and where there were farmers’ groups selling coffee and tea into Fairtrade certified markets, wages were very low”.

That will ruin the taste of the Fair Trade coffee for the suckers who have bought into this fantasy. And worse is to come:

Generally, the study found, wages were higher on farms that were larger, commercial and not Fairtrade-certified. Even comparing different smallholder sites, wages were generally lower in the areas dominated by Fairtrade producer organisations.

And the socialism and stupidity of the do-gooders also got a spanking:

“Fairtrade attempts to support and subsidise co-operative groups of ‘smallholder’ producers on the remarkably naïve assumption that the benefits of this support are distributed evenly amongst the group. This assumption about egalitarian distribution is unwarranted.”

So there you have it.

Behind all the emotion and guilt, Fair Trade makes about as much sense as planting a tree to offset a so-called carbon footprint when someone takes a plane journey.


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