Fair Trade Is Not a Realistic Trading System

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Fair Trade is Not a Realistic Trading System
For fair trade to work in a global world economy a lot of change must take place. These changes aren’t small either. One of its biggest obstacles is free trade. That in itself is a monumental task in changing the mind set of big businesses and in some cases entire countries, especially third world countries. Free trade in a global economy only allows those with the power to determine what kind of compensation and benefits the employee will receive. Such is the case in third world ands communist countries where the government dictates the values. To change this, businesses that trade with these countries for goods and services must insist on fair trade. For the global economy to embrace fair trade, which means that the work you put in, and the goods and services that you are acquiring, must come from a source that is trading fairly with its farmers and manufacturing companies. There is no way that this is going to happen in a company that operates in a third world country. The governments in those countries are the ones setting the standards, brutalizing businesses to the point where they have to lie to protect themselves and say yes, they are getting fair trade for their goods, when it is not true. Then there are the countries that have embraced capitalism and with capitalism comes free trade. Free trade is not free for most businesses and farmers. Free trade is exploitive by nature, where companies and countries will make the biggest bang for the buck. What does that mean to the little guy working in the manufacturing plant or on the farm? It means low wages, long hours, and no time off. This is definitely not fair trade.
In conclusion, fair trade is a great idea and in some small cases it is working. In an overall view of where fair trade is going, it is not! There are too many factors that prevent it from actually…...

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