Debunking “fair trade”

A few years ago, “Fair Trade” became a new campaign, adopted by the coffee industry, after the failure of the “Colombian coffee” myth. Most of the coffee beans sold under the “Colombian” label were grown outside of Colombia.
Today, people are falling for a different version of the new lie. There is no “fair trade” policy anywhere and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Granted that coffee, limes and cacao do not require much work, except new plants and harvesting, farmers are still receiving a pittance for their produce. Coffee and limes are purchased by foreign companies at the rate of 15 cents per pound, while cacao is grown in modern plantations owned by the foreign companies, just as sugar cane and cotton. For local growers, selling cacao is not even an option.

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