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In the debate between fair and free trade, many believe that free trade ought to be preferred because it is more practical. It is common for people to view trade in terms of the cash benefits to the consumer. In addition, some negative debaters will attempt to claim that fair trade is a band-aid solution; It works in the short term but fails to address the underlying issues.
This argument was raised in the NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas Release #20: “Economic Development” (Neg) (12/17/2018) by Naomi Matthew, who wrote that:
Instead of attacking the symptoms of poverty (sweatshops, low wages, harmful working conditions), free trade solves the root issue by promoting economic development. For example, free trade has an impressive record of reducing poverty.
The following evidence is intended to support two major arguments. First, in practice fair trade addresses the major issues that plague developing areas. Second, practicality should always be viewed from both the perspective of the consumer and that of the producer. If we ever fall into the trap of thinking about practicality only in terms of our own wallets, we do a disservice to those in need around the world.
The tags used in this brief include:
- Efficiency of Fair Trade
- People are Willing to Pay for Ethical Production
- Fair Trade Benefits Farmers
- Positive Effects of Fair Trade
- Free Trade Favors Those with the Deepest Pockets
- Success of Fair Trade
- Fair Trade Alleviates Poverty
- Measurable Advantages of Fair Trade
- Fair Trade Promotes Responsible Consumerism
- Long Term Benefits of Fair Trade
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Dominique Alisa Stringer competed in speech and debate for six years. She now studies Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College, where she has put her forensic skills to use in presentations, class discussions, and entrepreneurial pitch competitions. During her time as a competitor, Alisa’s favorite events were Mars Hill, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.