USA: Starbucks faces week long protest over Fair Trade coffee
Starbucks outlets worldwide played unwitting host to protestors on Saturday, who demanded the coffeehouse giant pay farmers in the developing world fair prices for their coffee beans. Farmers in developing countries who sell their product to middlemen, to be sold on to multinational giants such as Starbucks, generally receive about US$0.4 per pound. Fair Trade coffee meanwhile is bought directly from the farmer, guaranteeing minimum prices of US$1.29 per pound and the promise of cooperative support for future sales.
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