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Council considers ‘fair trade’

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The City Council Finance Committee approved a resolution Monday encouraging the purchase of fair trade-certified products by city agencies and contractors.

The resolution is backed by Chicago Fair Trade [2], a local fair trade coalition, and Charles Manuel, South African trade consul, was among those testifying for it yesterday.   The entire council could vote on the measure tomorrow.

Passage would put Chicago in the lead of North American cities in taking steps to join cities like London, Rome, and Barcelona, which have been designated as fair trade towns [3].