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FTUSA Invites Public Comments on New Hired Labor Standards by Dec 30

In accord with Fair Trade USA’s (FTUSA) new strategy titled “Fair Trade for All”, which in part will begin allowing hired workers on plantations, estates and large farms to participate in the Fair Trade Certified system in a few more product categories (like coffee, cocoa and sugar), draft standards have been published. FTUSA is accepting public comments through December 30, 2011, and is publishing the final Hired Labor standards on February 15, 2012.

See the FTUSA draft Hired Labor standards and feedback process.

2 Comments

  1. Ted Weihe

    I remain shocked that FTUSA wants to open up Fair Trade to plantations and large farms. In the Dominican Republic, CONACADO is constantly fighting the three large oligarchy families that think they should make all of the profits from cocoa exports. Do you really want to support large exploitative families. I have been involved with cooperative development for over 35 years, and coops are always fighting the large plantations which are exploitative. I know of no outgrower schemes that have successful linked small farmers to large producers. The history of coops in the U.S., Europe, Japan, India, etc. is that they are the few avenues available for rural poverty alleviation. FTUSA has done little to support the growth of cooperatives as group-based businesses, rather than treat them like NGOs with social agendas. Please spend some time looking historically at coops in the U.S. so that at least you understand their roles in the 1880s and 1920s in supporting poor farmers and lifting them out of poverty.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about her losses. Some areas are just not well seutid to free ranging chickens, but if she can narrow down the predator, it may be possible to range “part-time”For example, hawks are daytime predators, where many attackers strike only under darkness of night.Foxes, wolves and coyotes tend to take the whole bird, often leaving no trace behind, but raccoons often remove the head or eat just the “good parts”.Weasels and dogs kill for sport and will frequently leave whole carcasses behind. Unfortunately, predators are an ugly fact of free ranging, but if you can determine your attacker is nocturnal, chickens may still be allowed to range during the day and locked in at dusk.In the meantime, a tractor or run may be the safest option.Good luck, and keep us posted!

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