In response to market globalization, should our democracy provide "fair trade" certification for coffee and other products?
Globalization has resulted in stunning changes around the world. Everything—from making shoes or growing wheat to preventing terrorism and promoting democracy—is affected, because everything is connected. The speed and extent of globalization are viewed by some as wonderful and by others as threatening. In many democracies, ordinary citizens have sought ways to exercise greater influence and control over global decisions of governments and corporations, particularly in matters of trade. An example is the fair trade movement that tries to certify a fair exchange between producers in poorer countries and consumers in richer countries for a variety of products.
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