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Fair Trade
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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04/29/2008
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When American consumers purchase "Fair Trade" products - what are they buying?

 

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Ana Rosa Selva, El Salvador country director field officer for Aid to Artisans: Photo by Marie KuhnAna Rosa Selva, El Salvador country director field officer for Aid to Artisans: Photo by Marie Kuhn
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.

Marilyn Hnatow, marketing director for Aid to Artisans: Photo by Marie KuhnMarilyn Hnatow, marketing director for Aid to Artisans: Photo by Marie Kuhn
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.

Do you think you can make a different through a purchase?

 

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