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March 25, 2008

Fair Trade Controversy

Filed under: Tea Culture — Administrator @ 11:00 am

We get asked a lot about Fair Trade Certified® products.? While we carry many products that carry that certification, it is a system that is imperfect.? We have heard growers from India, Sri Lanka, and Africa complain that the extra cost for Fair Trade products does not reach them.? Others contend that it is better than nothing and does help the many people involved in the tea harvesting.? In fact, the is a recent article in a New Zealand newspaper that highlights the complexity of this issue.

? We will continue to carry these products but we also work with suppliers and actually speak to growers as to its usefulness.