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What Price for Good Coffee?

Ever since Jesuit monks brought coffee to Guatemala three centuries ago, raising the beans has been a losing business for small farmers. Conditions are miserable...

The Sweet Taste Of Fair Trade

Generations of Britons have grown up with the taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk, the nation's best-selling chocolate bar. So it caused quite a stir this summer when a...

Fair-Trade Fashion

Just a few years ago, most Americans had never heard the phrase "fair trade." Today corporations as mainstream as McDonald's and Wal-Mart are using coffee beans...

Fair Trade: How to Brew Justice

In the mid-1980s, Rink Dickinson wanted to go into business to help an unusual constituency: his vendors. He proposed to import coffee by paying impoverished...

Bearing Fruit

At the co-op supermarket in Davos, just down the road from the Congress Center where the World Economic Forum was held last week, all the bananas on sale have a...

Trade: The Coffee Clash

In a corner of a dilapidated brick coffee mill, Lindsey Bolger is deep in concentration. Outside the window, the lush cloud forest of Mexico's Veracruz state...

GOVERNMENT: New Blows for Fair Trade

Advocates of "fair-trade" laws did not lose heart after the U.S. Supreme Court knocked out fair-trade price-fixing laws in 1951. Last year they got a bill...

RETAIL TRADE: Deserter from Fair Trade

The crumbling front of Fair Trade was weakened by another major desertion. After six years of setting Fair Trade prices on its products, Westinghouse last week...

FAIR TRADE LAWS: On the Way Out?

THE philosophy and practice of Fair Trade price-fixing laws are taking a heavy official beating. Last week the high courts of two states threw out Fair Trade...

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