Fair trade is a growing global movement. A huge and widening range of fair trade goods are now available in the shops. Why is fair trade so important? This book provides 50 reasons why buying fair trade delivers a host of benefits to people and the planet. It's an inspiring account of how every consumer can play a part in improving and even saving lives and making global trade work better for poor people.
Did you know that buying fair trade:
-- Helps eradicate sweatshops
-- Helps end child labour
-- Reduces the debt burden on developing countries' farmers
-- Ensures small-scale farmers can earn a living wage
-- Supports and protects the environment?
This book provides a critical guide to international trade and shows that fair trade presents a realistic and positive alternative for farmers and producers in developing countries. By improving schools, healthcare and working conditions, the fair trade movement has already saved lives and empowered whole communities. This book shows how every consumer can help make a difference in the fight to end poverty and inequality.
Based in the UK, Miles Litvinoff has a long history of involvement in fair trade and the global justice movement. Based in the UK, John Madeley had a long history of involvement in fair trade and the global justice movement. John worked on poverty and trade issues with United Nations organisations in Geneva, New York and Rome.
Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Back a system that benefits the poor 2. Pay small-scale growers a fairer price 3. Buy products you can trust 4. Help producers believe in tomorrow 5. Make trade more democratic 6. Put a human face on development 7. Ensure plantation workers earn a living wage 8. Empower women and girls 9. Enable people to eat 10. Save a cotton farmer's life 11. Be part of a growing global movement 12. Say Nuts! to unfair trade 13. Enjoy real quality, produced with pride 14. Send a child to school 15. Help make poverty history 16. Make your town a fair trade town 17. Shield small-scale growers from falling and erratic prices 18. Give someone's health a boost 19. Promote human rights 20. Free child carpet workers 21. Cut down the middlemen 22. Drink to a better world 23. Transform lives 24. Give bad balls the boot 25. Stamp out pesticide poisoning 26. Travel with respect 27. Support the environment [Be a friend of the Earth] 28. End child exploitation 29. Lift the debt burden 30. Say no to GMOs 31. Do something funky with your furniture 32. Rebuild lives and livelihoods 33. Make transnationals trade more fairly 34. Put paid to sweatshops 35. Buy into a longer-term relationship 36. Show solidarity with Palestinian farmers 37. Reach for the MDGs 38. Be a progressive coffee drinker 39. Help people overcome malnutrition 40. Co-operate with co-operatives 41. Prove the free-trade eggheads wrong 42. Make tomorrow's business happen today 43. Vote for trade justice 44. Enjoy that sweeter taste 45. Celebrate in March--and again in May! 46. Make markets really work for the poor 47. Invest in the future 48. Keep families and communities together 49. Defend diversity 50. Change the world! Notes and sources Appendix 1 Where to buy fair trade Appendix 2 Fairtrade towns etc. in the UK Appendix 3 Where to find out more Index