Today MSNBC posted an article noting the discrepancy between the growing profits for coffee retailers and the declining wages for coffee growers: Growing coffee: It’s black, no sugar – Special Coverage – MSNBC.com.

For example, a recent survey by the World Bank estimates that 540,000 laborers in Central America have lost their jobs because of coffee’s low market price. Fair Trade coffee is proposed as one solution to put more of coffee’s profits into the hands of the growers (instead of the middlemen), but Fair Trade certification can become its own kind of monopoly.