Does “Fair Trade” Help?

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"Fair Trade" is a pretty trend idea in a lot of coffee shops and elsewhere, but does it actually help the poor? The case on its behalf is surprisingly weak.

"Fair Trade" is a pretty trend idea in a lot of coffee shops and elsewhere, but does it actually help the poor?  The case on its behalf is surprisingly weak.

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Reason magazine also has a nice online feature of how the actual organization works. At least partially it's a min set price and an extra layer of overhead. http://reason.com/archives/2006/03/01/absolution-in-your-cup

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Not entirely. But it's true that often without good education many poor families in poor countries have to resort to exactly that. If you remember the beginning of the industrial revolution in Europe, there was a similar effect which changed when people got more literate, richer and thus had time to protest. It shouldn't be surprising that most third world countries are forced through the same process.

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