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An example of how a long supply chain (foreign company producing products locally and transporting them abroad) reduces the revenue for the parties that actually provide the most work -the labourers-. This example is with T-shirt production (not food production, but the concept is the same

I removed this (right) as the image is inaccurate. It's a really good concept though, and ideally we'd have a food example. --Chriswaterguy 05:42, 25 July 2013 (PDT)

Also removed - I'm very doubtful about its accuracy:

By contrast, "Fair trade" does not look at the entire supply chain but focuses only on the farmer (and not the additional links in the chain). It also entirely disregards the market mechanism, paying a minimum sum to farmers even if the product sold to the consumer does not allow such a great amount of revenue to be given to the first link (so even taking into account the greater amount of work needles). In a proper market mechanism, no minimum sums are given, and a given sector completely goes bankrupt if there is no demand for the product anymore. This in effect, cleans out the "badly functioning sectors" and gives room for new emerging services to come on stage.

The article still needs work, but it covers some important points - a good starting point for a high quality article. --Chriswaterguy 22:07, 1 October 2013 (PDT)