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There is a general tone of criticism throughout this article which doesn't appear to be supported by sources. Either the statements are uncited, such as "However, they can, on average, sell only a small amount of their output as Fairtrade, because of lack of demand, and must sell the rest as uncertified at world prices." and "These incur costs, but farmers are not paid higher prices." Or the statements are cited, but the source does not support what is said. The article would benefit from rewriting from the ground up by someone neutral, who is prepared to do fair and accurate researching. SilkTork ✔Tea time 12:09, 13 June 2015 (UTC)
Fairtrade vs. Fair Trade
This article only mentions the difference between Fairtrade and Fair Trade in italics at the very beginning of the page. Since consumers often confuse FLO-CERT's Fairtrade certification with Fair Trade USA certification (the two are completely separate entities), care should be taken to clarify that distinction. If there is no objection I would like to write a few sentences differentiating the two.Farmerleslie (talk) 01:29, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
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Critique an Article: Fair Trade Certification
International Fairtrade Certification Mark- this is not hyperlinked and should be.
ALL OF THESE SHOULD BE CITED Fairtrade Standards are designed to aid the sustainable development of some smaller producers and agricultural workers in third world countries. Any profits earned must be equally distributed among the producers. Every member in the organisation should have the right to vote in the decision-making process. No forced or child labour Working conditions have to be equitable for all workers. Salaries must be at least equal or higher than the minimum wage in effect. Safety and health measures must be implemented properly so as to avoid unwanted injuries at work. === Trade Standards === Pay a price higher than the Fairtrade Minimum Price in order to cover the costs of sustainable production. Pay an additional amount of money that allows producers to invest in development : the Fairtrade Premium. Sign contracts that assist long-term planning and sustainable production practices.
These articles are biased. They should just use the reports that are referenced in the article: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/sep/05/fairtrade-unjust-movement-serves-rich http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/fairtrade-coffee-fails-to-help-the-poor-british-report-finds/article18852585/
This article opens with a paragraph that more or less effectively summarizes the topic, first explaining why the certification exists, a bit of it's history and it's function. The article then goes into the appropriate subcategories such as the history, standards and how it works. Unfortunately, this article does not go into nearly as much depth as it can and should. For instance, the history section, which is very important to the reasoning behind the label, is extremely brief. The sections on Impact Studies and Criticism are blank and only provide links to other pages, when they could at a minimum, summarize these topics on their own in this article. Additionally, there are many statements that are not cited and therefor make the article appear biased. "There is widespread confusion because the fair trade industry standards provided by Fairtrade International (The Fairtrade Labelling Organization) use the word "producer" in many different senses, often in the same specification document." This "fact" for instance, definitely needs to be cited, as it appears as an assumption without a reference. "The initiative was groundbreaking as for the first time Fairtrade coffee was being offered to a larger consumer segment. Fairtrade labelling certification provided some assurance that the products were really benefiting the farm workers at the end of the supply chain." This sentence for example is also biased. (See other sentences that should be cited, above). The article, at times, makes generalizations about Fair Trade Certification as a whole when the source is only talking about one or two countries. This is problematic. There are many content gaps in that as many countries as possible should be discussed, especially because there is data out there. Also, the history of the article ends at 2011 and there are many current topics to discuss when it comes to fair trade certification. Several of the sources are not strong and some are very obviously biased. In parts of the article, online publications are cited but they present biases and are not backed by data. See links above. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ejh434 (talk • contribs) 00:47, 21 February 2017 (UTC)