Why You Should Always Buy Fair Trade

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If there’s one thing that every socially aware progressive knows, it’s that you should always buy fair trade. When asked about what fair trade actually means, many progressives won’t be able to tell you, but they’ve seen the promotional material showing groups of smiling African and South American farmers, grateful that smart, hip liberals are buying fair trade coffee, so they know it must be a good thing.

As a raw vegan, I already have a tough time finding foods that I can eat, but it’s even harder when you only buy fair trade too. Because of my commitment to buying fair trade, I’m forced to shop at a limited collection of health food stores, and grow a lot of my food myself. But it’s my duty to do something to solve global inequality, which has nothing to do with genetics, and everything to do with lack of opportunity and capitalist greed, so I’m willing to sacrifice convenience for the greater good – and you should do the same.

Fair trade means exactly what it says – a fair deal for producers in developing countries. Capitalism doesn’t generally reward low level producers for their efforts – it tends to instead reward large retailers and wholesalers who package, process and sell these products in bulk. This isn’t fair, because the producers do a lot more work than these middle men, but are at the mercy of the buyers when it comes to selling their produce. Capitalists argue that the low skill labor that produces these goods is in high supply, and in order to get paid more, they would need to invest in machinery, employees and various tools to reduce their costs and gain leverage. But these farmers lack the ability to get loans to do this, because greedy capitalists don’t trust them to pay the loans back.

Because producers in third world countries are inevitably people of color, fair means paying more. In the brutal dog eat dog free market, people only get paid for the value that they create, and since white western patriarchs own the means of production, they get paid the most. With fair trade however, a disadvantaged farmer from Guatemala gets paid twice as much as he would in the free market, allowing him to feed his family and give the extra money to his struggling friends and relatives, who will spend it on frivolities or decide to have more children just for the heck of it. Now, instead of one poor farmer, we have a whole network of happy Guatemalans with smiles on their faces, producing even more replicas of themselves, who will also rely on fair trade and charity from white people in the future. See what a beautiful world fair trade creates?

So the next time you’re sipping a fair trade soy latte in your tight jeans and checkered shirt with your manly lumber jack beard, dabbed with a trendy cologne, while reading your morning copy of the Accredited Times through your over-sized spectacles; give yourself a pat on the back, because that extra dollar your just spent has helped make the world a little fairer, happier and more diverse.

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Anon
Anon

I hear that there is a fair trade deal going down for monkey poop coffee.

Do you want a piece of the action?

http://world.time.com/2013/10/02/the-worlds-most-expensive-coffee-is-a-cruel-cynical-scam/

#speciesist

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

That’s poop from palm civets, a type of cat, not from monkeys. People who can afford such coffee, should be able to get it. Variety is better.

The Cavendish banana is one of the yuckiest fruits. You would think the United Fruit Company with their aggressive land acquisition in Latin America, and mono-cultures of banana, are wonderful things to happen. But if you have eaten the many tropical varieties of bananas, then you’ll realize how much poorer the world is. Apple varieties that have been lost, and the same Red Delicious, and Granny Smiths are cultivated from America to New Zealand. The same yucky oranges with disgusting taste show up in Florida, South Africa, and Australia.

Fair trade may not be entirely honest, it is up to the consumer to verify how genuine it is. But it does bring out some traditional heritage varieties to the global market.

Missy Bo Pepys
Missy Bo Pepys

Your fair trade dress sense is impeccable MDB, but choice of fragrance?

The use of cologne will always out the faux lumber jack with checkered shirt and manly beard. In my experience, real loggers use whatever is to hand, if they use anything at all !!

Missy Bo Pepys
Missy Bo Pepys

Does a bear shit in the woods?

Expat Logger
Expat Logger

Cut it out, Beau! You know bears shit in the woods and loggers don’t use their poop for deodorant, because it’s not hygienic.

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

If a bear shits in the woods, and no one is around to watch it shit, did the bear really shit in the woods?
We wouldn’t have to answer such questions if we build flush toilets for the bears. Want to watch bear shit ? Open up the septic tank, or walk to your favorite sewage treatment plant.

Expat Logger
Expat Logger

A safety note for aspiring loggers many of whom are avid AT subscribers despite poor internet connection in the backwoods. It may be progressive and trendy to grow a beard in support of fair trade, but unless the beard is kept trimmed, it’s a serious hazard to your health. If your attention wanders and chainsaw tangles with beard, it can rip your face off in a second. This is why old loggers often have such difficulty in recognizing each other!

Missy Bo Pepys
Missy Bo Pepys

More likely old loggers have difficulty recognizing each other because they are half-blind after all the years of abuse in the woods!

Missy Bo Pepys
Missy Bo Pepys

That’s more of a generalization than anything else, I wasn’t thinking of anyone in particular!

Anon
Anon

Yeah! Sure!

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

MDB, It’s best that the progressive elite gets to engineer the world as they envision it. Reality can be very harsh on third world POC’s. If they were exposed to it they might come to the false realization that the free market works best at producing wealth and prosperity. That is why it is good when progressives can create welfare systems to bolster ineffective production and create dependency on them. No one would dare try free market and property rights solutions. That would be silly.

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

Where did you encounter free market? How can the price of gold be virtually the same in the entire world? Wouldn’t it be cheaper in places where it is mined, or in places where there is less demand?
Same with gasoline or food. Some countries run by eunuchs want the same price throughout the country. They spend lots of money making sure of it, and even have regulations to fine or imprison those who deviate from standard price and sell higher or lower. Free markets don’t reduce transportation costs and transportation time to zero. How is it possible to have the same price everywhere?

Black Lives Matter

I only shop at Whole Foods, so I know I’m safe.

Anon
Anon

Currently Jew owned.

May have been Jew owned in the past as well.

#antisemitic

Black Lives Matter

First, so what? Jeff Bezos is a hero, leading the battle against Trump via his ownership of the Washington Post.

Second, Whole Foods is still an independent publicly traded company, meaning that millions of regular people, including people who buy mutual funds, own its stock.

Third, Amazon is proposing to buy Whole Foods, not Jeff Bezos in his personal capacity. Amazon is an independent publicly traded company as well. Bezos only owns 17% of the company.

trav777

very true. Infinity hispanics and africans needs to be made a reality. So they can come to the west and live on welfare indefinitely in order to save our economies.

We must have less children because the environment and AGW but at the same time must import tons of 3rd world refugees because of declining birthrates and demographic “problems.” Makes sense.

Anon
Anon

Don’t forget that many are illiterate in their own language. The do however have a bright bright future as undocumented cotton pickers, potato pickers, peanut pickers and possibly even drug dealers and prostitutes.

#racist

Black Lives Matter

Better than being a racist alt-right troll.

Anon
Anon

In case you missed my previous post

Last time I went fishing the fish got some of your “reparations”

Feel free to jump in the lake and take back those worms.

#racist

Anon
Anon

More Black women having a “discussion”

Informed sources say that the discussion was over which coffee shop has the best soy latte.

#racist

Anon
Anon

Is there a problem with having a discussion on which coffee shop has the best soy latte?

It’s not like they were fighting over $3

#racist

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

Adam Smith was the last free trader.

Intergub-MENTAL “free” trade  is needed because nobody except other gub-ments can sort through the mutual mess of their protectionist laws to find “common ground”. Gub-ments are the shakedown foxes guarding the hen house.

Just like tax law where the gubmint writes 30000 pages of code in order to do the shake down jig, give relief to the deepest pockets. Get re-elected, ad nauseum. #Trump2020. #TedCruz2024-2028. #geterdone #DDTdaswamp

#post-truth

Black Lives Matter

How are we going to redistribute wealth without the tax code?

Anon
Anon

WE won’t!

Black Lives Matter

YES WE CAN!

Anon
Anon

Is there something about the work “WE” that you do not understand?

I understand that you are not only genetically inclined to stupidity, do not accept the ever benevolent hand of the white male by purchasing iodized salt and buy the SAME PRICED un-iodized version, and have a substantial Vitamin D deficit from from your vastly inferior ability to produce Vitamin D. and having to wear clothes and sit indoors

BUT

“WE” is ONLY a TWO (that is 2 for blacks) letter word.

#racist

Black Lives Matter

SI SE PUEDE!

Anon
Anon

Yes! You can keep your Health Plan!

Yes! You can keep your doctor!

Said by some sleazy Black Muslim!

#post-truth

Black Lives Matter

Just think, when old pathetic white trash like you die, no one will give a damn. But when Obama flies up to heaven in a whirlwind, Obama will have THOUSAND of schools named after him and will undoubtedly have a MONUMENT on the mall in Washington, D.C. — likely right next to MLK.

The epitaph will have an Obama quote, like: “After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.”

Obama will forever be known as the first African-American President who gave us healthcare. People will idolize him and everything he stood for, including the full panoply of progressive positions.

Anon
Anon

A statue of a gay next to a statue of a womanizer.

In supporting roles we should add a Jewish slave trader and a Muslim slaver.

#hate-speech

Anon
Anon

At best the Obumbler goes to Muslim heaven so he can drink wine.

as a gay he has no use for the running hot and cold running virgins.

#homophobic

Lesboss
Lesboss

I love Fair Trade coffee. I bought some at my local supermarket and as I was leaving I stepped on a white man begging for money. I was able to show him my Fair Trade coffee and explain that I had used up all my generosity for the week. Fair Trade just keeps on giving.

Black Lives Matter

You did the right thing. Whites deserve to be stepped on. It’s time for them to beg. Generosity only goes so far.

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