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Buying into Fair Trade (2013) seeks to understand the ways conscientious consumers make sense of things

The concept of fair-trade coffee is among the most intellectually challenging and enjoyable-to-ponder concepts that I have come across in recent years. I’ve addressed this topic in previous posts including the following ones, among others: Truthiness, stage magic, and fair trade coffee Is there a reason to boycott fair trade coffee after reading recent research […]

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The labour behind the (Fair Trade) label (2012)

Given my interest in fair trade coffee  – as a brand and back story – I was interested to read an abstract for a recent research report entitled “The labour behind the (Fair Trade) label (2012).” The full reference is: Eileen Davenport, Will Low, (2012) “The labour behind the (Fair Trade) label”, critical perspectives on international business, […]

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Stage magic and Fair Trade coffee

By way of an introduction: 1) Truthiness refers to sense making in the absence of evidence. 2) What does the work of stage magicians tell us about how the mind works? The link to a May 3, 2008 Boston Globe article about this topic can be accessed at the previous sentence. The article notes that […]

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Does Fairtrade certification benefit poor farmers? In Ethiopia and Uganda, research indicates the answer is No

This post concerns an April 2014 research report about the Fairtrade certification program. The report is outlined in a May 26, 2014 Globe and Mail article entitled: “Fairtrade coffee fails to help the poor, British report finds.” The opening paragraphs read: Coffee drinkers who choose brands carrying the Fairtrade logo are not helping the poor […]