The Chamraj tea estate in South India was among the very first farms to receive fair trade certification in 1994. Now 15 years later, has fair trade made a difference to the lives of workers there?
The little video is neat to see how peoples’ lives have been affected at the grassroots level. Ignore the non-sequitur tacked onto the end. Honestly, though it sounds like a longer piece has been edited down, I think it just reflects editorial policy at the Guardian.
I love the paper and source it as much as any other; but, someone has decided you can’t present a piece that’s 100% positive. So, if the folks at this tea plantation have benefitted across the board from Fair Trade – the editors want to remind you that someone, somewhere else, isn’t doing as well.
Very fracking Presbyterian.