Saturday, 23 April 2011

Organic Fair Trade

I really do like the idea of fair trade, though when looking at fair trade products, often they have the word organic in near proximity. I can understand why that is, that many people who would be willing to buy fair trade are the kind of people who would also buy organic food. But as one person who values the role of modern technology in our food production, to me organic represents a backwards approach to farming. Organic is not a sustainable farming model, nor is it best practice for the yield of the crops.

Perhaps at this stage, fair trade needs to be organic because the people more willing to buy fair trade are those who buy organic food. But if it stays this way, fair trade will be little more than for those in affluent countries to pretend their doing something positive in the world.

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