I heard on NPR this morning that the public has lost its enchantment with ‘free trade.’ They seem to think that it SHOULD be good, but it’s not really working for them. Well, I could have told them that. Plus, the news is all abuzz today with Costa Rica joining CAFTA.
Anyway, the way we ‘trade’ isn’t some natural state. People obviously have been trading since countries took their fleets to foreign lands. Whatever.
As an importer who adheres to fair trade standards, there’s absolutely no reason at all why this standards were not codified in trade agreements.
If you want to learn more, just google ‘fair trade.’ (Ok, I know that’s a bit lazy.)