I knew relatively little about the origin of the fair trade movement before delving into the guide. While it focuses primarily on fair trade coffee, it highlights the major companies, countries, and events that contributed to the fair trade movement overall.
It also goes into some detail about contemporary problems with fair trade certifications as corporations lobby to attach the fair trade name to their questionably produced goods. The world is a sketchy place and the growth of an authentic and ethical fair trade industry is an uphill battle, but there are people – lots of people – who really care.
Getting to know a bit more about problems facing small scale farmers and the lengths that people will go – at the expense of others – to make a buck reignited my passion for fair trade and sustainable living.