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‘David Ransom sets the context with first-hand stories from around the world. He argues that the time has come to put body and soul, justice and the environment, together.’ - Stan and Mari Marcel Thekaekara, founders of ACCORD, a fair trade organization working with tribal people in Tamil Nadu, India.

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'Providing basic information in a clear and concise manner, this book covers the Fair Trade process and history from simple commodities, such as coffee, to more complex, such as denim jeans. Fairly comprehensive for the consumer with a conscience. An interesting read.' - Amazon customer review.

'As a shop manager new to the world of Fair Trade, I was grateful and relieved to discover that this book exists. Fair trade is a complicated and in-depth ethos and this book gives insight and direction in a factual and informative way. There's no bias, no unbalanced viewpoints and it allows you to make up your own mind, whilst fully armed with the facts. It explores both sides of the coin - pointing out that not all fair trade is as perfect as it might make out. This book is a must for the modern, socially and environmentally aware shopper. It's an eye opener and a heart warmer and I could not do my job as well without it!!' - Amazon Customer Review.

From coffee farming in Peru and cocoa production in Ghana to jeans manufacture in China and the Banana War of Guatemala and the Caribbean, this No-Nonsense Guide tells the human story behind the products we consume.

Examining the contest between ‘free’ and ‘fair’ trade around the world, David Ransom argues that the key question is not whether trade should be regulated or deregulated, but whether it is to be the master or servant of the people.

  1. Mexico: a cautionary tale
  2. Coffee in Peru
  3. Cocoa in Ghana
  4. Bananas in Guatamala and the Caribbean
  5. Blue Jeans
  6. Buying it: fair trade in the North
  7. Fair trade's future: an infant among giants

About the Author: David Ransom has been co-editor at New Internationalist magazine since 1989. He has worked as a teacher, a community worker, and a researcher at the London School of Economics.

Read David Ransom’s New Internationalist blog post about The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 180 x 110mm
Page extent: 144 pages
Publication date: September 2006 (UK), October 2006 (US)
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-43-8

Date added: September 26, 2010

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