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  •  Customers can insist on the "Fair Trade" tag (1+ / 0-)
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    on all foreign produced food and clothing merchandise.

    Fair trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement known as FAIRTRADE indicating the certification advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers, and gold.
    -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_trade

    The "Fair Trade" movement tags everything from bananas to shirts.

    Wages, hours, safety stands -- all are covered in the standard agreements.

    And it gets inspected at the factory.

    How hard was that ?????

    •  Some of the partners (1+ / 0-)
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      of the Fair Trade USA don't add up for me.  Why is it so impossible to find information about the source of the raw materials and the factories?  Are we just supposed to see the tag and not care?

      And by paying extra to farmers for cotton and paying garment workers extra we expect the price to go up.  Happy to pay it.  But 3X comparable products on US shelves?  What are the economics involved?  Why can I not find any "contact us" or "about us" with one of the garment retailers?

      I'm ready to support this to the hilt, but I really think these guys have got to do better if they want to move this forward.

      I hopped on thinking I would buy a bunch of stuff and now I'm just turned off.  Other vendors might be fine.  Maybe there are just a couple of oddball ones.

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:34:28 PM PST

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      •  Fair Trade USA is just now going wide. (0+ / 0-)

        expect this to turn into another of the ubiquitous Smart Phone Apps.

        Scan in the bar code, find out how the Third World workers are being treated.

        Yeah, that's faster/easier/more reliable than trying to do the research yourself.

        •  It's a little weird to find a retailer (0+ / 0-)

          that doesn't mention ANYTHING about sources of material or garment assembly factories.  They should be sharing that info as part of their marketing.  It makes me ask, are they stupid or are they hiding something?

          I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

          by Satya1 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:28:09 AM PST

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