Fair Trade from the Ground Up: New Markets for Social Justice

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byApril Linton

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Fair Trade promises to raise living standards in developing countries through:

- worldwide minimum prices for commodities

- support for democratically governed cooperatives

- requirement of minimum wages and safety standards for workers

- training to help producers improved quality and develop business skills

- encouragement of eco-friendly practices

- third-party certification

In contrast to the free trade status quo, Fair Trade relies on informed consumers to choose more direct supply chains that minimize the role of middlemen, offering economic justice and social change as a viable and sustainable alternative to charity. But does it work?

Fair Trade from the Ground Up documents achievements at both the producer and the consumer ends of commodity chains and assesses prospects for future growth. From Guatemalan coffee farmers to student activists on U.S. college campuses, the stories of individuals inform April Linton's analysis. Drawing on studies by social scientists and economists, as well as on new case studies, she provides balanced answers to hard questions: How can large institutions be persuaded to commit to using Fair Trade suppliers? Does ethical consumerism work? Are the "social premiums" that are built into Fair Trade prices really being used for community projects? Will Fair Trade market growth reach the scale of organics or green products? This book meets a long-felt need among economic-justice activists, consumer groups, and academics for a reliable qualitative and quantitative overview of achievements of the Fair Trade movement.

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Fair Trade promises to raise living standards in developing countries through:- worldwide minimum prices for commodities- support for democratically governed cooperatives- requirement of minimum wages and safety standards for workers- training to help producers improved quality and develop business skills- encouragement of eco-friendly...

April Linton taught sociology at the University of California San Diego and now works for the Fair Labor Association in Washington, DC. She is coeditor of The Global Governance of Food.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.02 × 6.05 × 0.5 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295991720

ISBN - 13:9780295991726

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Fair Trade from the Ground Up

2. Fair Trade Coffee in Guatemala

3. How Do Producers Spend the Social Premium?

4. Selling and Buying Fair Trade

5. Fair Trade Activisim in the United States

6. A Fair Trade University

7. Growing Fair Trade

Notes References Contributors Index

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Fair Trade promises to raise living standards in developing countries through:- worldwide minimum prices for commodities- support for democratically governed cooperatives- requirement of minimum wages and safety standards for workers- training to help producers improved quality and develop business skills- encouragement of eco-friendly practices- third-party certificationIn contrast to the free trade status quo, Fair Trade relies on informed consumers to choose more direct supply chains that minimize the role of middlemen, offering economic justice and social change as a viable and sustainable alternative to charity. But does it work? Fair Trade from the Ground Up documents achievements at both the producer and the consumer ends of commodity chains and assesses prospects for future growth. From Guatemalan coffee farmers to student activists on U.S. college campuses, the stories of individuals inform April Linton's analysis. Drawing on studies by social scientists and economists, as well as on new case studies, she provides balanced answers to hard questions: How can large institutions be persuaded to commit to using Fair Trade suppliers? Does ethical consumerism work? Are the "social premiums" that are built into Fair Trade prices really being used for community projects? Will Fair Trade market growth reach the scale of organics or green products? This book meets a long-felt need among economic-justice activists, consumer groups, and academics for a reliable qualitative and quantitative overview of achievements of the Fair Trade movement.This book makes some important, fresh contributions to assessing the impacts of Fair Trade for producers, and to learning from advocacy efforts. While academics have done lots of case studies about Fair Trade, very few have begun synthesizing the results of the scattered evidence and methodologies the way April Linton does. - Jeff Goldman, Executive Director, Fair Trade Resource Network