I personally try to buy fair trade whenever and wherever I can. But, I nearly a man of complete destitution find it sometimes hard to grab the tastier, fair trade bananas over the cheaper,brighter doles. In the current economic climate people are looking to save money wherever they can. The supermarkets' “value” brands are rising in popularity and discount stores such as walmart and the dollar shop are reporting brisk business.But,is shopping ethically a luxury, something that is fine in more affluent times but to be discarded when we start counting our pennies? Can we really now afford to buy fair trade products? The answer from fair trade's advocates (including myself)is, as you would expect, a resounding yes.
It's a misconception that fair trade products cost more and they are not more expensive and are often less expensive than the mainstream products.
Some of the most common Fair Trade products include coffee, sugar, honey, handicrafts, cocoa, bananas, cotton, wine, flowers and tea. In June 2008 it was estimated that 7.5m disadvantaged producers and their families were benefiting from a Fair Trade infrastructure. With numbers like that we can't afford not to buy fair trade. Think about if we continue to rape and pillage our planet and the inhabitants of the global south,eventually it is going to come back and bite us in the ass big time.When it does it is going to be irrecoverable. So,I think we should buy fair trade now and save ourselves the hassle,also,I have this thing called a conscience and It compels me not to trample peoples lives to oblivion. But,maybe I am the one that's weird here maybe conscience (as in the global conscience) is gone,in that case that is why I am confused. ,Josh