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Abstract

Coffee farming has been an important part of Costa Rica’s economy ever since its liberation from Spain in 1821. In recent years fair trade organizations have sprung up in order to close the gap that global capitalism has created between the consumer and the producer. Fair trade organizations bring economic justice to small-scale coffee farmers which allows them to participate on a grander scale as global citizens. Fair trade organizations work to provide coffee farmers with prices for their coffee that reflect the cost of production. Unfortunately fair trade organizations face many obstacles before they can move beyond existing as only a minor entity in the global market system.

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