The Details: Full Comparative Analysis


Principle: Fair Trade supports the use of traditional technologies, which are openly and freely shared in the public domain, and excludes plants, animals, and biological processes which have been genetically engineered or modified. Further, fair trade discourages the use of machinery that threaten the health, safety, and employment opportunities for farmworkers and farm families.

DFTA favors programs that support technologies freely shared in the public domain and that do not threaten health, safety, or livelihood of farmers or workers. Standards should be developed to address appropriate technology and certifiers should evaluate technologies used by farms and businesses participating in their program.

Key to Chart
The program is exemplary and meets the DFTA's criteria expectations. The program has some innovative approaches to this issue that may serve as a model.
The program appears to have a comprehensive approach to this issue in general alignment with DFTA criteria. There are some concerns or issues to highlight regarding the program's approach to this issue.
The program addresses this issue and may meet some of the criteria, but significant concerns, questions, or shortcomings compromise the approach. There is inadequate information or outstanding questions preventing a reliable assessment of the program's approach to this issue.
The program either does not address the issue at all, or clearly fails to address it in a manner consistent with DFTA criteria. Not applicable / not addressed by program
1. Plants, animals, and biological processes that have been genetically engineered or genetically modified are prohibited from direct program approval.

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