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Our cooperative has never been a critic of Fair Trade. To the contrary, we were one of the Fair Trade Federation’s earliest members; we have always cared for Fair Trade’s reputation.
Artcamp cooperative was long-time loyal dues-paying member of the Fair Trade Federation.
WHY are we treated as if we were unwanted? …as if we were some beggars at a banquet?
It is ironic that we are the very same authentic artisans Fair Trade has always celebrated!
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SHOULD WE BE REQUIRED TO KEEP ON GIVING OUR SIMPLE FAITHFULNESS TO
FAIR TRADE, IF FAIR TRADE WILL NOT EVEN HELP US, WHEN WE NEED HELP?


WE’D NEVER PROMOTE CRITICS OF FAIR TRADE, AS IN THESE YOU-TUBE VIDEOS.
UNLESS WE HAD BECOME TOTALLY FRUSTRATED BEGGING FAIR TRADE FOR RELIEF.


PLEASE FORGIVE US. IT IS NOT WITH THE INTENTION TO HARM ANYBODY, STILL LESS GOOD PEOPLE: PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE. IM NOT SAYING THESE PEOPLE ARENT THERE.

THERE ARE! GOOD PEOPLE WANT THE FAIR TRADE IDEA TO WORK, AND BELIEVE IN IT.

THE IDEA OF FAIR TRADE IS A GOOD ONE. IF ONLY IT WOULD WORK FOR US, BECAUSE
WE ARE AN AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS ARTISAN COOPERATIVE AND WE HAVE TO ASK YOU
WHY FAIR TRADE IS NOT WORKING FOR OUR COMMUNITY? CAN’T WE WORK TOGETHER?

THIS LITTLE DOCUMENTARY VIDEO ABOUT THE CERTIFICABILITY OF FAIR TRADE COFFEE
IS RATHER SIMILAR TO THE CONTROVERSY OF: ARTCAMP VERSUS GLOBAL CRAFTS
AND THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION. ARTCAMP’S CASE IS MADE IN THIS LITTLE VIDEO.

Fair Trade has opened the supply chain all right. But it has failed to add any value to it.

“You see the label on coffee, chocolate, t-shirts and even gold: ‘Fair Trade’.
The extra dollars you pay for the products are meant to guarantee

that the farmers and workers who created them are justly compensated.
What began as a humble effort by a few churches and activists a half a century ago
to help producers in the developing world, has grown into a multibillion dollar industry.
But the movement has attracted critics,
who say the label today is mostly marketing
that benefits companies in Europe and the U.S.”

On today’s edition of Global Journalist:

a look at the growth of the Fair Trade movement,
…and how well it’s achieving its goals.

Our guests this week: “Christopher Cramer, a professor of political economy at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London *Rob Everts, co-director of Equal Exchange, fair trade company that sells coffee, cocoa and other fair trade products with Poul Mark, founder of Transcend Coffee, a Canadian coffee roasting company.

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