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Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade BattlesIt started very small and full of hope But its daring campaigns have placed Fairtrade goods at the heart of the supermarket shelves From bananas and coffee beans to cotton and chocolate Fairtrade has grown to become an important global movement that has revolutionised the way we shopAs Harriet Lamb Director of the Fairtrade Foundation explai A friend loaned me this book as he is committed to FairTrade and knowing I was sceptical wanted me to learn about it I was disappointed Harriet Lamb is obviously writing from a very partisan viewpoint which is fair enough but her total belief in what she is doing means that she never seems to feel it necessary to advance arguments for her approach but simply to assert that it is right I was reading this in the week when it emerged that Tesco was taking on young people to work in their stores without payment yet Ms Lamb takes it as a given that exploitation in the commercial food chain starts and ends in the Third World Growers and pickers must uite rightly be properly paid but after that FairTrade doesn't really seem to care Supermarkets can display the symbol on their own brand goods even if their shelf stackers aren't paid at all Ms Lamb points out that farmers in the UK may be sueezed but they aren't starving which is literally true but then many of the charming Third World farmers who pop up throughout the book with convenient sound bites praising FairTrade aren't starving either They have it hard but so do many UK farmers Almost one UK farmer commits suicide every week Malmberg A Hawton K Simkin S 1997 A study of suicide in farmers in England and Wales Journal of Psychosomatic Research 43 107 111 Levels of infant mortality in some parts of the USA are greater than in India but FairTrade buys products in India and on principle won't operate in the USA I'm not saying that their decisions are unfair or unreasonable but they need explaining and defending with clear argument not the mix of ex colonial condescension and smug self righteousness that uite often slips through here Whether she is busily cycling from meeting to meeting or making passing reference to her Christian faith Ms Lamb can come over as a bit of an insufferable goody two shoesHarriet Lamb does rather have her organic cake and eat it She cites her environmental credentials and that bloody bike comes out again but she is constantly jetting off around the world to meet a farmer here or attend a conference there Her contribution to carbon levels must be uite significant as is that of her products Importing our vegetables from Nigeria might be good for Nigerian farmers but it's hardly good for the planet Ms Lamb assures us that most of the products are shipped by sea though many like fresh flowers clearly aren't uietly ignoring the fact that cargo vessels are themselves significant sources of carbon Although ships generate less carbon per kilo of goods shipped they currently account for around 4% of global carbon emissions twice the total emissions of aircraftI'm being grossly unfair of course The idea that people in the Third World should be properly paid for their produce is absolutely right and FairTrade has done a lot to help with this But things are not as one sided and straightforward as they might appear from reading this book Much is made of FairTrade bananas A FairTrade banana is a FairTrade banana it's pretty straightforward Much less is said about FairTrade chocolate Global supply issues mean that the cocoa in your FairTrade chocolate bar might be fairly traded or it might not International commodity markets aren't that simple and this book does not address their complexities There are passing references to how the definition of FairTrade varies from product to product and is the result of negotiation with buyers but no details are provided And details matterIn the same way the book supports some of its significant statements with footnotes But if you check out these footnotes and I'm an obsessive footnote checker you'll see that they are often to secondary sources Many of these secondary sources are Oxfam publications Oxfam is committed to FairTrade So arguments in a book which is essentially a bit of old fashioned agitprop for FairTrade are being supported by reference to other books which are themselves propaganda for the systemIf you believe that FairTrade is great and want to pat yourself on the back this is the book for you If you know nothing about what is an important scheme to make international trade in agriculture fairer to poor producers this might be a useful introduction But if you want an informed and critical analysis of how FairTrade works what the problems are with it and how it might be developed this book is a complete waste of your time

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reader ↠ Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles ✓ 256 pages À It started very small and full of hope But its daring campaigns have placed Fairtrade goods at the heart of the supermarket shelves From bananas and coffee beans to cotton and chocolate Fairtrade has grown to becomeNs in this fascinating story Fairtrade is about a better deal for workers and famers in the developing world It's about making sure the food on our plates and shirts on our backs don't rob people in other countries of the means to feed or clothe themselves She explores the journey through an often unjust system that Fairtrade items make from This book had some great personal stories about how what we buy in our supermarkets effects the different people in the supply chains producing our bananas coffee cotton and If you want to know about Fair Trade this is a great place to start with the final chapter providing tips on what we can do as consumers to help Fair trades growth

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Farm to consumer And she uncovers the shocking cost of our demand for cheaper foodThere is much still to be done But by hard work and high ideals Fairtrade is starting to transform the lives of over 7 million farmers workers and their families and is a powerful symbol of how extraordinary change can be achieved against all the odds by us al This I read just after my Fair trade topic and every class we would talk about a new Fairtrade item and this book on bananas can encourage you so badly you will never forget to buy the banans