Grains of Change

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Carolyn Barnwell, ENGAGE Video Journey

This anthropologist’s documentary film looks at Fair Trade-certified rice farmers in Northern Thailand.

Barnwell travels through Northern Thailand to speak with organic rice farmers who are practicing sustainable agriculture and are Fair Trade-certified. The film documents the benefits of putting people at the center of trade and shows how their environment, their health, and their way of life, as well as the health of rice consumers, has improved in recent years. Barnwell received the Carrie Hunter-Tate Award from the American Anthropological Association in 2007 for her research with organic rice farming communities in Thailand.