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Session: Fair Trade Is Not Fair
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"I’ve to make these canastitas my own way and with my own song in them and with bits of my soul woven into them." B. Traven, "Assembly Line"
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"I will not hurt, or cause to be hurt, any human being"
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I will not hurt, or cause to be hurt, any human being

“I will not deceive, or cause to be deceived, any human being for my gain or pleasure; nor hurt, or cause to be hurt, any human being for my gain or pleasure; nor rob, or cause to be robbed, any human being for my gain or pleasure.”

 

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on October 17, 2017
 
This is the opinion of John Ruskin
"Instead of blaming corporations, take responsibility for what we buy"
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Topic: Fair trade is not fair


Instead of blaming corporations, take responsibility for what we buy

It’s easy to blame corporations, bureaucracy, culture. But that’s an evasion. It’s an excuse: an excuse about the unavoidable and irredeemable choices we must make and do make every day. When we prosper through the suffering of others, we ourselves are unjust.      
The solution is simple: we can simply buy products which are produced under just conditions. All we need do is find those producers, and purchase from them. The solution is simple; the problem is courage: courage to do what we know is right. 


 

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What is the Bias?
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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
Geoff Bederson
on October 17, 2017
 
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"Fair trade is not fair"
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Topic: Fair trade is not fair


Fair trade is not fair

Fair trade is fantastic at making rich Europeans think that they are good, and making money for European countries.

How much extra are people paying for fair trade? We don’t record that. Only 2% of the extra way pay for fair trade goes to the farmers, the rest goes into the pocket of the sellers. Fair trade actually makes things worse. It imposes a very inefficient marketing system. Cooperatives impose terrible social costs. Certification is so expensive they don’t have anything to pass onto farmers.

When the coffee price falls, that’s bad times. In Sierra Leone, 1 in 2 children will die before they are five. We have these beautiful pictures of a smiling faced. peasant in Mexico. The photographer is waving their ten dollar bill. That is not evidence. They do not give us the picture of the couple burying their baby daughter who died of hunger because the coffee prices have fallen. Do we really want this kind of ethical marketing, or do we want something that really helps the poorest of the poor.


 

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Addresses the root issue
Flawed, one-sided, or superficial
 
How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
Geoff Bederson
on February 26, 2018
 
This is the opinion of Peter Griffiths
 
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Fair trade is fantastic at making rich Europeans think that they are good
Peter Griffiths, European Coffee Symposium in Vienna
 
 
 

Fair trade coffee is better for everyone
 
 
 
Other Resources
 
Document: Assembly Line, B. Travern

 
 
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What do you think of the pledge to not "hurt, or cause to be hurt, any human being for my gain or pleasure; nor rob, or cause to be robbed, any human being for my gain or pleasure”? Is this possible? How?

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