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Are Free Trade and Fair Trade The Same?

Many people seem to think free trade and fair trade are interchangeable phrases.  But they’re two very different concepts that can be hard to explain.

The Fair Trade Federation has created this brief overview of these two  complex topics.

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One comment on “Are Free Trade and Fair Trade The Same?

  1. Thank you for sharing this. This chart from the FTF should be widely used by fair traders.
    BTW, while free trade and fair trade are definitely different I don’t think they’re necessarily the opposite of each other nor necessarily at odds with each other – even though many casual observers assume they are. Because I have been asked about this so many times I, too, tried to address it. People can read that attempt at http://www.fairtradeamerica.org/en-us/media-center/blog/2016/january/fairtrade-tpp-response

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