There’s a sense that if you pay for Fairtrade you don’t have to worry, like seeking absolution in the church. But there is no such thing as an ethical cup of coffee, because the commodity brand economy has never been ethical. People need to be aware that when they’re buying a coffee they’re buying a long and complicated network of labour and it does involve women and children. If you want economic justice, you’ve got to do a lot more than pay £2 for a cup.
~ Bryant Simon (May 27, 2007)