The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald
After all of the great comments and discussion on last week's post on Fair Trade products, I've got a few more questions I'd like to toss out to readers to get more of your thoughts. Tell me your opinions or views on any (or all!) of the following questions:
1) Quite a few readers said they buy Fair Trade to have some degree of certainty that their food isn't made/grown by slave or child labor (in product segments like chocolate for example). But what about the converse of this statement? Does this mean if you don't buy Fair Trade products, then your food is by definition made/grown by slaves or children?
2) And so, if only a tiny fraction of "regular" chocolate isn't unfair trade, what is the value in paying a big premium for Fair Trade?
3) How many people who buy Fair Trade products also buy Apple products? Is that hypocritical? Ironic? Or reasonable?
4) Do Fair Trade products help us to feel good about ourselves? How does an empowered consumer figure out how much extra to pay for this "product feature"?
5) Bonus question: How do we, as empowered consumers, know when a company is using our guilt against us?
Readers, share your thoughts!
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