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TeeJay (2309)

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Tuesday February 11, 2003
07:14 AM

glad I buy fair trade coffee and tea

[ #10523 ]
this story at the bbc makes me glad i spend a little extra on decent coffee at a fair price for farmers.

I don't give much to oxfam or other international charities but I do try to buy ethically - organic and freetrade where affordable and possible.

I can never understand why people buy nescafe and shite like that - its not as nice flavoured as some of the fair trade coffees and hardly any cheaper - most of your money goes into executives and advertisers pockets.

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  • I've said it before [] - where you spend your money does have an effect.


  • Two of his children are underweight and chronically malnourished.

    He and his wife Johana have just had their third child in the earthen brick roadside hut they built themselves.

    While I agree that we should watch how we spend our money, I find it disturbing (and probably a big contributing factor of this problem) that a couple would decide to have a third child when they cannot provide for their first two.

    It is sad to see fellow human beings in these conditions but they can help themselves (at least par

    • Actually if the industry was more healthy then the children would bring in an extra income.

      its not like they are sending them to college or anything.

      in any poverty situation, your children are your welfare, your sick cover and your nurses.

      also they don't have access to contraception and are entitled to have children if they so wish - would you really wish forced abortions on them ?

      If they have no means then an extra mouth makes little difference. Its not like they are going to spend money on disposa


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      • My point is that they made a choice to bring another child into the world, a child that will be subjected to worse conditions their first two children.

        Contraceptions/abortions are besides the point (no, I wouldn't force abortions {if you couldn't tell, I'm pro-life}) - people should take serious time and thought into bringing a child into the world. I seriously doubt this couple did and as a result, their family unit will be more strained and it doesn't help the overall economic situation.

        There's more to
  • Here's Starbucks' section [] on Fair Trade.

    Thanks for creating awareness, TeeJay - now I gotta see if it tastes good. ;)

    • now I gotta see if it tastes good. ;)

      How can there be any doubt? It's Starbucks. It'll have that trademark overroasted taste. :-)

      I don't know your palate, so you might prefer Starbucks to other coffee roasters. I tolerate Starbucks because they are a known quantity, and their coffee doesn't suck (although I'd prefer a twinge less roasting).

      If you really want to make your dollars work for you with fair trade coffee, go elsewhere. Kudos to Starbucks for creating awareness, but their still a large