in order to give FAIR pay to the people who made it...
It is an ill-conceived idea founded in ignorance of economics. It is Marxism at its grassroots level. Only fools pay more money than the market dictates because of their pathetic guilt over how much a farmer makes. The market will take care of it self by discouraging over production of a commodity that leads to low prices.
This will make coffee growing for example less lucrative and will put pressure on the local farmers to produce something else. Instead we give incentives to want to produce more coffee? Clearly another example of Marxist principles exhibiting their inherent lack of understanding of economic reality.
oy.... angry much? it's not wrong to pay someone a FAIR amount for the work they do. How about you bust your @ss for pennies a day .. is that fair?
if you don't agree.. no one is forcing you to buy the product.
To me, the fair trade ideology is like fixing a leaking cup by pouring more water into it. Rather than solve the problem, I think it is actually making it worse. If governments of developed countries would abandon their "protectionist" strategies in favour of free trade, these farmers would be able to sell their products at a fair price, and we wouldn't have to spend anything extra.
Cuz all the inbetween men make money on the deal except the grower.
I don't see how they are allowed to call these products 'fair trade' under the Trade Desc<x>riptions Act. Surely 'fair trade' is paying a fair market price for the goods, not paying an artificially high price to become more politically correct?
Because they actually have to pay the people who make them.