Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles

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It started very small and full of hope. But its daring campaigns have placed Fairtrade goods at the heart of the supermarket shelves. From bananas and coffee beans to cotton and chocolate, Fairtrade has grown to become an important global movement that has revolutionized the way we shop. As Harriet Lamb, director of the Fairtrade Foundation, explains in this fascinating story, Fairtrade is about a better deal for workers and famers in the developing world. It's about making sure the food on our plates and shirts on our backs don't rob people in other countries of the means to feed or clothe themselves. She explores the journey, through an often unjust system, that Fairtrade items make from farm to consumer, and she uncovers the shocking cost of our demand for cheaper food.

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Harriet Lamb is executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation. Prior to that she led the campaigning work of the World Development Movement and held a range of other roles, including campaigning for a minimum wage in Britain. She has travelled widely in the developing world, including spending 18 months in India working with farmers in rural villages and landless laborer co-operatives.

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"A useful, accessible book...Readers who are new to Fairtrade will have their eyes opened to a shocking - yet exhilarating - story for our time, while seasoned campaigners will also find food for thought" * Church Times * "A stirring story of a burgeoning "global family", tenaciously pushing big businesses to trade more fairly" * New Statesman * "Lamb's farmers come across as real people rather than descendants of Senorita Chiquita...Her corporate savvy impresses" * Telegraph *

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