Fair Trade is Unfair

The producer under fair trade gets on average 4% of the retail price for what he or she produced. This is alarmingly similar to the average royalty for minerals throughout Africa and the Third World. Both are a straightforward travesty of justice.

A figure of 40% would be reasonable for food and for minerals, regardless of whether either was fairtrade or unlabelled.

Bafokeng in South Africa has obtained 22% royalty on its minerals since 1992 after taking the mining companies to court. And here is a bombshell – the supposedly socialist Mugabe negotiated a capitalistic 2% royalty on platinum for his Government (but who knows what he receives under the table every month?…..).

Summarising – the main beneficiaries of FairTrade are the western employees and managers of Fairtrade organisations. The impact on the Third World of their activities is a sop. Why does this remind me of Oxfam, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Care, WorldVision etc etc?…..

About alexweir1949

software developer, inventor and innovator, Fraud Proof Voting Systems Inventor, founder of cd3wd.com. Based in Botswana and Zimbabwe, work everywhere.
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