David Tribe in his blog “GMO Pundit” showcased a couple of articles examining the impact of Fair Trade coffee schemes on Nicaraguan producers. David’s posts and commentary can be found here: http://gmopundit.blogspot.com/2011/05/on-potemkin-attribute-question-fair.html
Well, talk about somebody beating you to the idea. That was one of my future projects. Actually, my idea was to compare organic, Fair Trade, social responsibility and other certification-bundled schemes and their relationship to technology adoption and information to/from producers across the value chain. This idea is still fair game especially in Central America where we are feeling the impact of coffee rust…I guess I need to put it in writing ASAP before somebody else beats me to it….