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The no-nonsense guide to fair trade
Ransom, David, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Oxford : New Internationalist Publications ; London : Verso, [2001]

Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
Mexico : a cautionary tale -- Coffee in Peru : life on the edge -- Cocoa in Ghana : a way of life -- Bananas in Guatemala and the Caribbean : seeking perfection -- Blue jeans : beaten by the brand -- Buying it : fair trade in the North -- Conclusion : an infant among giants.
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HF1379 .R36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The uproar at the World Trade Organization conference in Seattle focused attention on the conflict between the mainly western-owned global corporations and the poorer nations whose natural resources and cheap manpower sustain corporate profits, and who are also the unwilling purchasers of overpriced and inappropriate goods. In this book David Ransom vividly reveals the realities of trade as experienced by coffee-growers in Central America or the workers making jeans in Bangladesh sweatshops. He examines the roles played by the WTO, UNCTAD, ILO, IMF, G7, and other powerful organizations hiding behind bland initials. Even when their motives are benevolent, he argues, their activities are often inadequate and misguided. About the No-Nonsense Guides : Major issues facing the world today, complex as they are, are further obfuscatedoften deliberatelyby political and corporate jargon and media spin. By contrast, New Internationalist Magazine has been a leading source of reliable information and clear analysis for the last twenty years. This new Verso series of No-Nonsense Guides , published in conjunction with New Internationalist, cuts through the confusion to present the facts and arguments concerning contemporary global issues as accessibly as possible. Concise, comprehensive, and affordable, the No-Nonsense Guides will be of interest to busy people, from school age on, who want to know how the world works.

Table of Contents

Anita Roddick
Forewordp. 4
Introductionp. 8
1 Mexico: a cautionary talep. 27
2 Coffee in Peru: life on the edgep. 36
3 Cocoa in Ghana: a way of lifep. 56
4 Bananas in Guatemala and the Caribbean: seeking perfectionp. 70
5 Blue jeans: beaten by the brandp. 96
6 Buying it: fair trade in the Northp. 108
Conclusion: an infant among giantsp. 122
Contactsp. 136
Bibliographyp. 138
Indexp. 139