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Feeling Pretty Good About Your Choice to Purchase ‘Fair Trade’ Coffee? Don’t.

(July 6, 2011) Despite its name, fair-trade coffee isn’t necessarily “fair”. In this article, Erika Johnsen outlines the inconsistencies of the fair-trade business, specifically in relation to fair-trade coffee farmers. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Fair-trade coffee producers often end up poorer

(May 14, 2011) Coffee is one of our guilty pleasures, and not only because of the calories that can be packed into a double latte. Many of us feel guilty that our pleasure is coming at the expense of the Third World coffee farmer, so much so that we gladly pay more for “fair trade” coffee, which certifies that farmers receive more revenue for their crop. Continue reading


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