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When American consumers purchase "Fair Trade" products - what are they buying? Human rights and wage protection...or just peace of mind?
From high-end coffee to tribal jewelry, Americans are spending big money on "fair trade" items in hope of getting something authentic -while reducing poverty.
Fair trade activists say that by setting certain standards - farmers and artisans in developing countries can make a living wage by creating products for other markets. It's certainly appealing to a segment of consumers who are increasingly conscious of organic products and political realities around the world.
But, does "fair trade" work? Today, where we live, we'll talk to representitives from Aid to Artisans and Ten Thousand Villages about what works...and to a correspondent from The Economist about whether this movement fuels price distortion and overproduction.
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