The stress response system is highly adaptive, and has kept humans, zebras, and calves alive through history. But today it leaves humans in distress, whereas zebras are fine. And calves suffer stress as humans do… but for a different reason: humans themselves.
Last week was Fair Trade week – a time when the importance of fair trade is stressed. The target group seems to be people who are concerned with others’ welfare, typically social-minded or altruistic people. But, is buying fair trade really a selfless act?