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Fair Trade

Innlegg QIQrrr 04 Nov 2010, 23:43

The Institute of Economic Affairs, November 4, 2010: In a new research paper released today, the Institute of Economic Affairs argues that claims by the Fair Trade movement are seriously exaggerated: Fair Trade’s selling point to customers is that by paying a premium and buying certified products they will help producers in developing countries. Although at the margins this may be true, research shows that fair trade is not a strategy for long-term development – conventional trade is often more effective. Yet campaigners expend a huge amount of time and resource into persuading people that Fair Trade is more successful than conventional trade in helping those in the poorest countries. Fair Trade is not a long-term development strategy and the model is not appropriate for all producers. Fair Trade’s proponents need to adopt some humility and accept that it is a niche market designed to benefit some producers; and is only capable of achieving a very limited objective - New research finds Fair Trade is a distraction, not a solution
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The Only "Fair" Trade is Free Trade

Innlegg Panther 09 Des 2010, 22:46

http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/economics//6178-the-only-fair-trade-is-free-trade.html

8 December 2010 Michael Hurd

The only "fair" trade is free trade. Freedom of trade is the only fair arrangement mankind has ever devised, or ever will devise.

In a recent defense of what he calls "fair trade," Barack Obama stated that one major purpose of trade agreements is to ensure that American products are made at home -- not bought from other countries.

No such thing is true.

The purpose of any trade agreement should be to liberalize trade to the greatest degree possible. In so doing, individuals in the marketplace will make up their own minds as to what best suits their interest. Should tires be made in the United States, or somewhere else? Should shoes and coats be made in the United States, or in a country that can produce them more efficiently and cheaply -- even when considering the cost of exporting them to the United States? None of this is Barack Obama's call. No politician is smart or virtuous enough to make such one-size-fits-all decisions to apply to an entire nation (or an entire planet). As most Americans are well aware, politicians are the least qualified, intellectually and ethically speaking, to make any important determinations of any kind. More than that, no one person -- even a smart and ethical one -- can possibly calculate the right number of imports or exports to have in any given country at any given time. These facts must be the result of countless -- thousands, even millions -- of individual decisions made by individual consumers, calculating their interests, any given day.

We're used to talking about "the economy." But the economy is not some kind of entity that can be controlled by any other entity. Some politicians, especially socialist ones such as Barack Obama, seem to think so. They seem to think that one individual, or group of selected people, can decide what's best for millions. This explains why he thinks it's perfectly reasonable to nationalize banks, medical care and the American automobile industry. This also explains how he can subscribe to the notion of "fair trade."


America does not suffer from a lack of fairness so much as a lack of freedom. Restore freedom, and you will in the process restore fairness.
Ken-G. Johansen.
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Re: Fair Trade

Innlegg QIQrrr 16 Mai 2011, 05:09

Financial Post, May 14, 2011: That fair-trade cup of coffee we savour may not only fail to ease the lot of poor farmers, it may actually help to impoverish them, according to a study out recently from Germany’s University of Hohenheim. The study, which followed hundreds of Nicaraguan coffee farmers over a decade, concluded that farmers producing for the fair-trade market “are more often found below the absolute poverty line than conventional producers. Over a period of 10 years, our analysis shows that organic and organic-fair trade farmers have become poorer relative to conventional producers” - Lawrence Solomon: Fair-trade coffee producers often end up poorer
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