While the relentless drumbeat of blindly obedient Fair Trade support continues — vilifying anything that isn’t certified Fair Trade — we have yet another reason why it doesn’t exactly achieve the results consumers may be expecting. Yesterday’s National Post (Canada) reported on how the minimum prices paid to Fair Trade co-operatives have not changed in 10 years: Fair-trade coffee price unchanged after 10 years. As a person quoted in the article put it, “It’s like not taking a raise in 10 years.”

Meanwhile, alternatives such as Direct Trade are at least starting to get a little attention.