For people in the Philippines and elsewhere, Fairtrade is more than buying and selling products at fair prices, says Shay Cullen. It is working for the enhancement of human dignity, protecting vulnerable and exploited people. It is a matter of life and death.
Free market ideologues have used Fairtrade Fortnight to attack what they regard as counter-productive do-gooding, says Simon Barrow. But what does freedom mean in economic terms, and is fairness something to be left wholly to markets?