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Does Fair Trade Help the Poor?

Mar. 19, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

The fair trade movement has become popular over the last decade or so. You see it in coffee shops and many young evangelicals argue that Christians should support the fair trade movement as form of social justice ministry. Here is an interesting article from Joe Carter, Does Fair Trade Help the Poor?

In the article he writes:

Economist Victor Claar argues in his new book, Fair Trade: Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, that the fair trade movement simply “cannot deliver on what it promises,” and Christians would do well to pay heed. 

Sometimes popular movements need to be examined beyond the surface level. There is another side to this issue and Christians should take heed before supporting something with great intentions but not a lot of thought.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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