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July 4, 2010
Fairtrade coffee is a 'loud bandwagon'
Nothing beats a good coffee politics debate over coffee. From The Australian: Phillip Di Bella, managing director of Brisbane's Di Bella Coffee, used a recent Fairtrade promotion to launch a stinging attack against the system, declaring it "a marketing ploy, tapping into the guilty conscience of the wealthy countries". Di Bella labelled Fairtrade a "loud bandwagon" that "breeds mediocrity" and worsens the plight of coffee growers in developing regions.[...]British-born author, activist and academic Raj Patel is wary of the feelgood factor. In his first book Stuffed and Starved, an exposé of the global food system, he draws saturnine conclusions about the organisation. "Mounting evidence suggests that Fairtrade is a thin patch on an unsustainable system," he writes. "[It] turns out to be a way for farmers, hanging on by their fingernails, to be able to hang on for a little longer." [...]While BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill...(Read Full Post)