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Topic: Nestles: Fair Trade? (2 msgs / 44 lines)
1) From: Ed Needham
Fair Trade Coffee Pioneer Questions Nestlé's Entry into Market ...
CSRwire.com (press release) - USA
(CSRwire) West Bridgewater MA - Equal Exchange, Inc., who began importing 
and marketing fairly traded coffee from small farmers in 1986, expressed 
grave doubts ...

2) From: Derek Bradford
On Saturday 08 October 2005 01:55 pm, Ed Needham wrote:
<Snip>
I was in Ecuador a year or so ago, and spent quite a bit of time at a cafe=
 
called Este Cafe (check it out next time you're in Quito...they roast on th=
e 
premises and make a fine coffee).  The owner was working with an experiment=
al 
coffee plantation that was funded by Nestle.  The idea was to test the 
viability of better growing conditions for farmers on a large scale.  It wa=
s 
organic, and the workers were supposed to be compensated pretty well for 
their efforts.  One of the cafe owner's functions was to create an ergonomi=
c 
carrying pack for harvested cherries that wouldn't destroy the pickers' 
backs.  
I thought you might be interested in some first-hand knowledge of what they=
're 
doing.  Is Nestle going to be the poster boy for fair trade?  Not likely. =
 
And for the record, I don't much like Nestle at all.  However, I do support=
 a 
non-charity-based move toward better trading/growing conditions for 
producers, and if Nestle is going to contribute to that, then I guess it 
would be hypocritical of me to denounce their efforts.


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