USA: Berkeley voters reject drive for fair trade coffee regulation
Voters in Berkeley, California, have rejected a ballot measure that would have ordered all coffee sold in foodservice establishments to be organic or fair trade-approved. Measure O proposed to impose restrictions on Berkeley's restaurants, bars and cafés, requiring them to sell only coffee that was organic, grown in environmentally friendly conditions or fairly traded - meaning that coffee growers are paid at least US$1.26 per pound, reported Reuters.
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