The Struggle for Food Justice in Fair Trade
The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First analyses the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and develops solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.
The Struggle for Food Justice in Fair Trade (By Christopher M. Bacon, Kaelin Holland and Eric S. George)
“For decades smallholder farmers and food justice advocates have used fair trade to build collective power by combining responsible consumerism and political awareness with a fairer and more environmentally sustainable market. Changes in fair trade certification enabled large corporations to enter this market, leading to a dramatic increase in sales—now topping $5 billion globally. Unfortunately, this growth has been accompanied by lower economic returns to farmers and disturbing social and political trends that threaten the future of the movement and suggest that fair trade is not as fair as it used to be.”