FAIR TRADE : At least that's what they say....
What is «Fair trade»? These pages examine the issues. page 2.
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The practice of normal trade is to work first of all for the benefit of the traders themselves.
Mere growth in trade is unlikely to better the status of the poor.

    Most trade systems are so arranged that it can be almost impossible for people without financial assets to take any control of trade.

    Faced with a prevailing world system based on capitalist «free enterprise», it is probably inevitable that the principal beneficiaries of commerce will always be those who are already relatively well off.

Trade generally increases inequality – because its process automatically accumulates capital into fewer hands.

    Workers are often prepared to accept low rates of pay only because the alternative might be no income at all.
    Trade creates great wealth for some at the cost of poverty for many others.

 

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