Greenbelt, etc.
Amy Plantiga Pauw to deliver the 2009 T.F. Torrance Lectures

should food not fairly traded be labelled 'unfair trade'?

Interesting article from Johann Hari in today's Independent on giving the English a spring clean. Here's what he says on the words 'fair trade'

Labelling food as "Fair Trade." This phrase suggests that paying desperately poor people a decent wage is a nice ethical add-on, and a gratifying departure from the norm. In fact, it should be taken for granted – the default position of civilised human beings. If we believed that, the labelling would be reversed: it's all the other food that should be labelled as "Unfair Trade", "Rapacious Trade", or "Let's-Pay-a-Pittance Trade." The terrific comedian Andy Zaltzman suggests a sign that could be on the packets: it is a silhouette of an obese businessman pissing on an African child.



its always fun in shops that do not have fair trade coffee to ask for a cup of ethically suspect refeshment instead.

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