Half a Cheer for Fair Trade

@article{Booth2007HalfAC,
  title={Half a Cheer for Fair Trade},
  author={Philip Mark Booth and Linda Whetstone},
  journal={International Trade},
  year={2007}
}
"The fair trade movement claims that the products it provides are sourced 'justly' and that purchasing fair trade products brings economic benefits for the poor. Whilst it is clear that fair trade might bring some benefits to particular groups, whether it brings significant net benefits to the poor in general is questionable. Moreover, the claim that fair trade transactions are more 'just' cannot be substantiated. Customers also might be surprised to learn that the majority of the Fairtrade… 

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