What is Fairtrade? Fair trade of
on September 20, 2008 the young man who is called Yost Matteyssen came into small Dutch little shop “ Wereldwinkel “. What for shop? It is a little ethnics, it is a little food - exactly like our Moscow “ Way to “ unless photos strange on walls - some farmers in hats with grass shocks in hands smiling unanimously. And - as we look for a moment, would not notice it at once - any strange nakleechka on all goods. It is black - Xing - green circles. Yost Matteyssen bought 16 kilograms of goods and put them in a cardboard box.
Slightly earlier, can even few months ago, tens of people (we will call them for convenience Not indifferent Inhabitants of the Abroad) bought up goods in the different countries of the world - small containers for Wereldwinkel shop filled with tea from Sri Lanka, rice from China, mustard from Africa. Jar to a jar products kept within backpacks of travelers, boxes for air transportation.
And from whom our Not indifferent Inhabitants of the Abroad bought tea, rice and mustard? At free farmers. And it is very big rarity in Third World countries today - free farmers. Not indifferent Inhabitants of the Abroad paid free farmers the honest price. It allowed farmers to equip schools for the children, to open hospitals and to carry out roads to settlements. But the main thing - they were free and did not starve any more.
As, for example, their neighbors who are still working at the next farm for debts. Every day life of enslaving slaves it was intolerable, but the debt of a family did not become less. They grew up the same bananas, as their neighbors working on a free farm, but at the same time over them whistled whips of supervisors, and the feeling of hunger never passed, for one day of a short difficult life.
You will tell, as at free, and all the same will buy bananas from a slave farm. What buyers will not notice in the final product of a special difference. Everything is not so simple. The free farmer not just like that becomes part of a chain of fair trade. You do not violate human rights? It is not enough. Environmental friendliness of goods - one of the first conditions of purchase. Poisonous bananas from a slave farm ceased to attract civilized buyers.
Only high-quality products interest Not indifferent Inhabitants of the Abroad who are not engaged in socially irresponsible investments now. As a result, though honest goods, it seems, also are more expensive, their quality speaks for itself. Because bad goods should not be bought at all.
In essence, unfair goods do not belong to either the dealer, or the seller as are made criminal. They belong to slaves - collectors of bananas, a sugar cane, cocoa, nuts. Clear business if by production of goods nobody thinks of human rights, then the seller does not care also about health of the buyer.
Unfair goods are poisonous and harmful. That is there is some logical mistake when we still pay criminals for destruction of our planet and our health while in the world davny - long ago there is a network of Fair trade.
You did not know about all this? Vypolagali, that the terrible slavery ended after the publication of the book “ Hut of the uncle of Volume “? Meanwhile coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mango, avocado, apples, a citrus and other fresh fruit, juice, wine, dried fruits, nuts, muesli, seeds, spices and herbs, rice, flowers, medical, yogurts, confectionery, fabrics, clothes, footwear, toys in the modern world in Third World countries most often are still made by SLAVES.
Besides, it is unconditional, all corporations in some measure use a slave labor, including children`s. About it it is very well written in “ To the Black book of " corporations; Hans Weis and Claus Verner - I advise all to study this work at least for self-preservation. It seems that any person in the developed countries cannot do without indirect use of a slave labor now. Our computers, mobile phones are filled with rare precious metals which buy in Congo. To pay less, Congo supports fire of slow war. Our branded clothes and footwear are born in special “ sudorific “ shops in the countries of Asia. Drugs which suggest us to buy colourful booklets of druggists are tested on inhabitants of Africa deprived of civil rights. There is something like the list of charges which antiglobalists bring to corporations, so-called “ Dirty top “.
Wait a moment - wait a moment, you will tell. And what honest goods are are on sale in Holland and why we do not have them? However give one after another.