What does Fair Trade mean in a recession? Sending kids to schools, not factories

For all you Fair Trade skeptics, and for those of you who need some reaffirmation, I highly recommend perusing a recent photo essay released by Foreign Policy magazine.  The essay provides important  insight into the state of child labor around the world, and sends a clear reminder that the alternative to Fair Trade is often grim, oppressive and dangerous. 

As the recession racks the developing world, child labor is on the rise

As the recession hits the developing world, child labor is on the rise

 

Thanks, Foreign Policy, for revealing the effects of the global recession on the world’s children, and for giving us a potent reminder that a purchase is not just a purchase. 

When you buy Fair Trade, you’re giving a living wage to parents so children are sent to schools—not factories.

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One thought on “What does Fair Trade mean in a recession? Sending kids to schools, not factories

  1. And, THANK YOU for sending us a potent reminder that a purchase is not just a purchase and that, if we’re suffering, it’s NOTHING compared to the suffering of the children and families in the developing world who must survive on less than $2 US dollars per day.
    Lisa
    http://www.bluepeoplefairtrade.com

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