Fair trade products become more prevalent around Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. — Jeanie Hinsman doesn’t have to spend as much time as she used to detailing the basics of fair trade as she spreads the gospel of ensuring consumers and employers pay fair compensation to the people producing the goods. “The knowledge is getting out there, but we have still a long way to go,” said Hinsman, who manages the New Ulm’s Own store, which sells fair trade items and promotes the mission. “The biggest factor in people having learned more is through the churches. We have nine fair…

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Opinion | When cows become white elephants

Cow cess in Uttar Pradesh | The Uttar Pradesh government aims to build shelters for cows across the state, the cost of which the public has to bear in the form of a “cow welfare” cess on excise and other departments. Ravi Krishnan Long before Swacch Bharat was a gleam in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eye, China’s Mao Zedong started a hygiene campaign in 1958. Prime among the measures: the citizenry was encouraged to kill four pests – mosquitoes, rats, flies and sparrows. To whip up fervour, the government also…

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