Fair Trade USA vs FLO on scaling up fair trade

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It’s been a long time since I regularly followed the fair-trade movement. But Kim Elliott brings interesting news: “the pending break-up between the main US certifier of fair trade coffee, Fair Trade USA, and the international umbrella organization, the Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO).” Apparently a major element in the split is that Fair Trade USA is certifying large-scale plantations while the international organization remains committed to only certifying smallholders.

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