FAIR TRADE OR FORCED TRADE? COFFEE DEBATE STIRS CONTROVERSY

BERKELEY, Calif. -- City voters will decide Nov. 5 on a controversial resolution proposing that only certified "fair trade" coffee be sold in the city's restaurants and supermarket cafes.Measure O, approved by the Berkeley City Council, mandates that all brewed coffee be from beans that are organic, "fair trade" or "shade grown." The city will inspect to make sure restaurants and stores comply, and

BERKELEY, Calif. -- City voters will decide Nov. 5 on a controversial resolution proposing that only certified "fair trade" coffee be sold in the city's restaurants and supermarket cafes.

Measure O, approved by the Berkeley City Council, mandates that all brewed coffee be from beans that are organic, "fair trade" or "shade grown." The city will inspect to make sure restaurants and stores comply, and those who violate the ordinance will face a $100 fine and up to six months in jail.

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