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Fair Trade versus Direct Trade

One of our local student papers, The Standard, had an article on fair trade and direct trade today.

Trend to benefit farms‘ included interviews with the owners of Global Fayre, Askinosie’s Chocolate and the Coffee Ethic, with their different viewpoints on fair trade and how and why it differed to direct trade. The article was interesting (and it’s great to see The Standard cover this type of topic) but I think is missed the core point, namely that fair and direct trade are not mutually exclusive. Fair trade does not automatically mean that quality is somehow compromised, or that levels of payment are restricted at an artificially low level.

As it gains in popularity, discussions about fair trade seem to be getting mired down in relatively subtle differences between the different models of fair and direct trade, and the different bodies and certifications available. It feels very like the discussions that centred around the term ‘organic’ 10 years or so ago.

Anyone involved in working with groups in developing countries has, of course, the right to use whatever model works for them. But, it would be great if we could focus more on the real prize, raising awareness with end consumers so that demand for ethically-sourced products increases, and less on the differences between the detail of our particular models of fair or direct trade.

February 24, 2009 at 17:10 Leave a comment

First Friday Art Walk – June 6, 2008

Featuring work from the Electronic Arts and Media Production students at Missouri State University

We will be screening a sampling of award-winning student work featuring short narrative films, animations, music videos, and experimental video. All of these extraordinary pieces were created by Electronic Arts and Media Production students at Missouri State University over the past several years. Many have won awards in national competitions and been screened in film festivals from coast to coast and as far away as Europe and China.

Screenings will run continuously, commencing at 6pm.

Alene Miller

We are also featuring the work of a local weaver, Alene Miller. Alene started weaving in 2000, and is a member of the Ozark Mountain Weavers Guild. She works with natural materials such as gourds, pine needles and grasses.




May 16, 2008 at 09:31 Leave a comment

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