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A practical approach to fair trade:  When we buy “fair trade” we are making the decision to ensure that our money goes not just to profit the shareholders of a multinational corporation, but also to provide the first laborer in the chain leading to my purchase, say the farmer, to earn a living wage.   The fair trade seller is committed to transparency, i.e., allowing consumers to know who the producers are, how they live, how much they earn, etc.   Whether it is the coffee I enjoy at a cafe or the handbag I sport for casual wear, a fair trade purchase is a conscious choice not to participate in the continued exploitation of the poorest of the poor in the world.
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