The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade

David Ransom

From coffee farming in Peru and cocoa production in Ghana, to jeans manufacturing in China and the Banana War of Guatemala and the Caribbean, this revised No-Nonsense Guide tells the human story behind the products we consume. Ransom delves into the question of what kind of trade we should be practicing, and what kind of fair trade is actually being practiced.

Meeting the people who grow our bananas and cocoa and make our clothes, this No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Tradetells the human story behind what we consume. Examin-ing the global contest between “free” and “fair” trade, 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. And as fair trade products are being turned into brands by large corporations, a new contest opens-it is no longer just a question of fair versus free, but what kind of fair trade.