Once in a while, I come across a person who does not buy in to fair trade practices due to well thought out objections. Once in a while, said person is willing to engage in respectful conversation about those objections. Those conversations are initially difficult for me because I’m so passionate about fair trade that at times it feels personal. They are beneficial and necessary, though, because they cause me to think in ways I would not normally.
Some of the recent objections I’ve received are
- Fair trade is not that simple. Boycotting a product threatens jobs of those who work for the company you are avoiding.
- Fair trade is not that simple. What happens to the (albeit exploited) workers when their income dries up due to boycotting?
- Not all child labor is slavery.
However personal fair trade may feel, my goals do not include defending it. I will give my thoughts in the comments, but I’d love to hear your responses first. What do you think about these objections to fair trade?