It is proving impossible to persuade producers or politicians that spending hundreds of millions on subsidizing Western cotton crops is destroying Third World jobs - so is there another way? There is. Persuade consumers to buy clothes made from cotton grown in the developing world.
A big welcome then for FairTrade , the admirable lobby, which, according to this repprt, is expanding its existing endorsement of products such as coffee and tea to "ethical" clothes. In June it will launch its campaign and try to get some of the global brands on board. If people cotton on to this fast it could start a bandwagon for people politics. Shoppers of the world unite you have nothing to lose but your subsidies. . .