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Fair Trade is better than Free Trade

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Started: 8/27/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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BeardlessMarxist

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Round 1: Acceptance.
Round 2: Opening statements
Round 3: Rebuttals
Round 4: Rebuttals
Round 5: Closing arguments.
tien.hunter

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I accept your debate.

I will argue that Free Trade is in fact better than Fair Trade.
Debate Round No. 1
BeardlessMarxist

Pro

Well crap I meant to argue Con, but whatever. May the best debater win!
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I define "Fair Trade"as the establishment of "fair" trade prices for workers in developing countries based upon data regarding local rates of inequality and living standards. Higher inequality and living standards should demand higher wages because inequality in general indicates exploitation of laborers. In addition, "fair trade" seeks to promote sustainable use of developing world resources.

To be clear, I am not advocating for the elimination of free trade nor even necessarily for the expansion of fair trade, only that- under the status quo- fair trade products are more beneficial for all (from producers to consumers) than free trade products.

Contention 1) Fair trade helps bring agricultural and market expertise to the developing world.
One of the many requirements for fair trade certification (FTC) is sustainability. For farmers of developing countries, sustainability is just as important as the growth itself. Pure emphasis on economic growth without necessarily the adoption of modern methods of business and industry have in the past led to the "middle income trap" which is when the easy, low-hanging fruit of economic growth is exhausted and political leaders aren't willing to make the institutional changes necessary to encourage strong, sustainable growth. Strong and sustainable agriculture practices can help solve this.

In addition to this, fair trade organizations often provide technical and financial assistance to growers, effectively "teaching them to fish" rather than giving them fish. Although this is not universally true, fair trade organizations typically offer finances to kickstart growers' ability to compete through loans or pre-payment or donations, In addition, such organizations also provide market expertise and work with the growers to be more skilled at marketing their product in the context of a global economy in order to achieve economic independence and thus avoid future exploitation.

Contention 2) Fair trade organizes farmers in co-ops, thereby increasing wages.
One of the most common fair trade requirements is the requirement to produce as a cooperative. Such co-ops are voluntarily organized farmers' societies which negotiate for higher prices as a block. Co-ops are typically paid an addition $.1/lb on all exports on top of their already typically higher-than-market value sales. Even if individual farmers make only an 8% turnover, much of the extra money earned from co-ops goes to financing social projects like electrical generation, schools or clinics. These projects in turn generate enormous social value for the community especially in areas of the developing world where local or national governments are too corrupt to help build such infrastructure.
The explosive growth in fair trade exports over the years can be attributed to the enormous incentives farmers have to sell their produce fair trade and the development of a comprehensive and global fair trade market.

Contention 3) Fair trade helps raise the wages of non fair-trade farmers.
Because fair trade provides a voluntary and powerful wage floor for growers in developing nations, conventional growers who sell their produce to large companies are provided a valuable bargaining chip. Indeed, since the explosion of fair trade in the early 2000s, produce prices in all typically fair-trade commodities (even ones that are sold non-fair trade) have risen , giving even non-fair trade farmers a fairer wage for what they grow.
tien.hunter

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
cheyennebodie
The only fair trade is the price agreed upon by the two parties involved in the contract. Constitutional law is only to see that the contract is fulfilled and that it was freely entered into.
Posted by Theunkown 2 years ago
Theunkown
Beardless marxist? well you might want to change that username after seeing this debate :P
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