Ok, now granted, I haven’t done an extensive amount of research on this.
Still, I’m gonna make comments, because I can.
The concept of fair trade is one that appeals to me greatly. In a world where globalization has already happened, regardless of what people may wish or want, there has to be some way of ensuring that the rights and protections that are applied to workers in westernized countries to apply to the people living in third world or industrializing nations. This is where free trade fails…true free and and actual free trade are both institutions that allow, even help, exploitation of the have-nots at the hands of the haves. In order for globalization to create a world-wide economy without harmings billions, we have to come up with a different algorithm for trade with developing countries.
Enter the idea of fair trade. This basically states that workers in developing countries get the same rights and protections they get in developed countries. So manufactoring workers get unions, living and livable wages at decent hours and safety, producers get enough to reinvest in their crops while still growing in environmentally friendly ways, etc. etc.
Dear my lord, I’m botching this…I’m in too much of a hurry because of work.
Anyway, the only decent non-produce fair trade site I’ve found is no sweat union made apparel Which seems pretty cool, and I’d like to see more of it. There are dozens of fair trade coffee, tea, and produce sites, and they’re easy to find.
The whole point of this post was this: why can’t we move the fair trade discussion to a WTO level, and apply it to all products, services, and the whole 9 yards?
Whats wrong with that?
And why, then, do most fair trade organizations seem to stop their cares with the producers of coffee, tea, and fruit?