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Will the World Ever See Fair Trade iPads?

The truth is that consumers don't really have a good option when it comes to buying "ethical" smartphones and tablets. Why is that? Why is there Fair Trade...

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...

RETAIL TRADE: Just Like Prohibition

Just Like Prohibition Fair Trade laws were frowned on last week by two experts in government and business. ΒΆ Before a House Judiciary subcommittee, Chief...

RETAIL TRADE: Retreat of the Fair Traders

Defeat after defeat in the U.S. marketplace and in the courts rocked fair-trade pricing during the last year. Last week, fair-trade's retreat seemed about to...

GOVERNMENT: Repeal Fair Trade?

When Attorney General Herbert Brownell set up a committee in 1953 to study the nation's antitrust laws, he made it plain that Fair Trade pricing would be one...

PRICES: Return of Fair Trade

Bundled up in a bathrobe and pajamas, President Truman (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) last week signed into law one of the most bitterly fought bills in the last...

RETAIL TRADE: Break for the Consumer

No one has battled harder to enforce Fair Trade around the U.S. than giant General Electric Co., which gets an estimated 35% of its $4 billion annual sales...

Business: Victory for Fair Trade?

Like Rumpelstiltskin, who stamped his foot into the ground and tore himself in two, the Administration last week was ripping itself up the middle. It split over...

RETAIL TRADE: Fixed-Price War

For months a battle has raged among retailers, manufacturers, discount houses and the courts over the interpretation and enforcement of Fair-Trade laws. Last...

RETAIL TRADE: Eastman Gives In

Eastman Kodak threw in the towel last week: "While we wish we could continue with an effective Fair-Trade agreement, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion...

The Right to Sell

In St. Petersburg, Fla., slight, dapper James Earl Webb, 49, operates what he calls "the world's most unusual drugstore." Unlike most independent druggists, he...