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Fair Trade coffee has been around since the 1980's and is probably the most well-known fair trade product. Even large U.S. coffee companies like Starbucks, Newman's Own and Green Mountain Coffee offer fair trade coffee. For good reason. Global coffee production has been tied to many forms of exploitation. Fair trade coffee is grabbing attention and more and more of the market but has also become a source of controversy. Follow the links below to read and decide for yourself. Or visit our COFFEE page to buy your coffee from companies that are making a genuine difference for coffee farmers!
To read about the controversy surrounding FAIR TRADE COFFEE check out these links:
"Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda" (Click here for a response)
The Nation: "The Brawl Over Fair Trade Coffee"
The New York Times: "A Question of Fairness"
(Click here for Equal Exchange's response to the above links)
Ethical Unicorn Blog: "What is Ethical Coffee and How to Find It."
For information on DIRECT TRADE COFFEE check out these links:
Ethical Coffee: "What is Direct Trade Coffee?"