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Investigation into how far the fair trade movement is benefiting the farmers it was designed to help

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Article
23 December 2011

Fair Trade Proving Anything But to Farmers in $6 Billion Market

Author: Simon Clark & Heather Walsh, Bloomberg

...[t]he push to increase sales of goods deemed to be free of child labor and other practices has divided the movement, raised questions of whether going mainstream will undermine the cooperative farmers it was created to help and, most of all, strained the integrity of the certification systems [refers to Victoria's Secret (part of Limited Brands), Nestle, Starbucks, Ecom Agroindustrial Corp., Limited Brands, Cadbury (part of Kraft Foods), Walmart]

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Article
23 December 2011

Fairtrade International refutes core alleged evidentiary claims made by Bloomberg’s new article of December 23rd

Author: Fairtrade International

Bloomberg article “Fairtrade Proving Anything But in $6 B market”…claims that the Fairtrade movement is prioritising the interests of its corporate partners at the expense of the development aims for producers and workers which lie at the heart of the organization, and attempts to substantiate this with a number of other specific claims. We refute both the main contention of the article and the core claims used to evidence this. Fairtrade’s unique approach puts producers at the centre of everything we do. Farmers and workers are at the heart of the system. They are represented at the highest levels of governance and have a voice in all major decisions.

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