Who Supports Fair Trade?
Fair trade agreements have also been very good ways to open up foreign markets to both exporters as well as importers. Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Thailand, and Peru are just a few countries that have benefited from fair trade with countries like the UK, US, and Japan.
The impact and demand for fair trade has also reached larger businesses. Starbucks began supporting fair trade coffee beans in 2000, and recently retailers like Wal-Mart and grocers, and even McDonald's has joined the cause. These companies purchase ever growing amounts of product through fair trade, creating a positive impact. With more support from businesses like these, fair trade will continue to thrive, and may even surpass the old ways of trade.
It's also been said that fair trade is a political matter. This has proven true with much political support for it in the European Parliament, US government, and around the world. It's believed that fair trade beginning in Europe was simply meant to be a political statement against imperialism during the 1960's. To bring the issue closer to the public, celebrities like Brad Pitt, Eddie Izzard, Antony Worrall Thompson, Chris Martin, and bands like U2 have joined those who support fair trade and contribute to charities for it.