Fair Trade

Overview

When you buy a bunch of bananas or some chocolate at the supermarket, do you know where they came from? Bananas and cocoa beans don't grow in most developed countries, so companies must buy and ship these items from various farms and people around the world. Is it important that the growers get a fair price for their goods or is it more important that the cost of the item is as low as possible? Would you spend a little more knowing that the item was of the highest quality and ethically produced? The Fair Trade ...

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Overview

When you buy a bunch of bananas or some chocolate at the supermarket, do you know where they came from? Bananas and cocoa beans don't grow in most developed countries, so companies must buy and ship these items from various farms and people around the world. Is it important that the growers get a fair price for their goods or is it more important that the cost of the item is as low as possible? Would you spend a little more knowing that the item was of the highest quality and ethically produced? The Fair Trade movement hopes that you will. This book explains what Fair Trade is, how it works, whom it can help, whom it can hurt, and what consumers can expect out of products branded with the "Fair Trade" logo.

Hot Topics is a sophisticated but accessible series for teens that tackles many of the issues of the day by taking an in-depth look at the issue, what it means to the people involved and society as a whole, and the various arguments and controversies on how to best deal with the issue.

What's inside?

Case studies provide accounts on the real people, companies, and organizations dealing with the issues

Coverage of how the media can influence opinion

Engaging questions that will encourage critical thinking and debate

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—The first book provides an overview of several well-known genocides, including the Holocaust and the more recent tragedies in Rwanda and Darfur. The slaughter of Armenians by Turks before World War I; the Mongol conquests; the killing fields of Cambodia; and the massacre at Srebrenica are also discussed. Throughout the text, Friedman asks readers to consider difficult questions: Why do peacekeeping forces sometimes fail? What is the role of witnesses to genocide? How should such crimes be prosecuted, and how can future generations be educated? Sidebars cover topics such as the use of propaganda and the Nuremberg trials, and basic maps provide geographical context. Back matter includes a useful key to the characteristics that genocides have in common. Human Rights opens with the story of a young gravel pit worker in Zambia and then discusses the history of the concept of human rights. Each chapter covers a different subset of rights, including children's rights; criminal and political prisoners' rights; the right to life; gender, race, and cultural rights; and the right to free expression. "Case studies" (really just extended sidebars) highlight people and movements, like Falun Gong and the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square. Despite occasionally awkward language ("a person's nationality is important to have a sense of identity"), this book will serve students well for brief reports, but they will need additional resources for longer projects. The critical-thinking exercises offer plenty of opportunities to engage with the subject. Back matter includes the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Both books include black-and-white and full-color photos. Well-laid-out and thought-provoking books on important topics.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
If you were asked to define fair trade you might take multiple perspectives on the question. Fair trade can be viewed as a policy of economic interrelationships between nations whereby no single party has an obvious advantage. Fair trade could also be viewed as an equitable method of exchange of goods, services, and resources. In this title from the illustrated "Hot Topics" series, the concept of fair trade is presented as a schema within which collaborative arrangements of production are matched by sustainable and ecologically supportable practices. In Fair Trade Hunt traces the course and development of a movement that has gained steam over the past two decades. The fair trade movement and label now represents products and practices that feature cooperative ownership, responsible wage structures, environmental friendly practices, and a buyer's label that stands for such evolutions. However, fair trade practices are not a panacea for all the evils often associated with seemingly selfish aspects of capitalism. In telling the story of fair trade Hunt presents not only the pro-social elements of these efforts but also the pitfalls that periodically dog it. By presenting a somewhat complex economic story in this balanced way Hunt offers her audience a valuable teaching and learning tool. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Meet the Author

Jilly Hunt has over 15 years experience of educational publishing. Formerly an editor for Pearson, Jilly is now a freelance children's writer and editor. She has written more than 15 non-fiction books for children and young adults. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University with BA Honours in Publishing and History of Art. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband two small children.
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Table of Contents

What is Fair Trade? 4

Understanding World Trade 14

Unfair Trade? 16

Free Trade 22

Fair Prices and a Fair Wage 26

Labor and Working Conditions 36

Empowering People and Education 42

Natural Resources and the Environment 50

Conclusion 54

Debating and Research Tools 56

Glossary 60

Further Information 62

Index 64

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