This chapter locates Fair Trade as a manifestation of, and response to, shifting international trade and North/South relations. Fair Trade certification emerged and expanded most rapidly within the coffee sector, a tropical export arena defined by the history of colonialism. The historical polarization of the world along a North/South axis has profoundly shaped both conventional trade relations and alternative global visions like Fair Trade. Yet in the current era, Fair Trade markets and movements are being repositioned within the context of a new global architecture. As elaborated in this book, Fair Trade has grown to incorporate an increasingly complex array of commodities, production/consumption relations, and local and global politics.A book of essays on the Fair Trade movement, which to be honest left me realising how little I know about the economics of food production; I think of myself as sympathising with Fair Trade, but don't have enough knowledge or, frankly, interest, to really appreciate the content. You can get it here.
Since I still haven't found the Eighth Doctor comic collection The Flood, this was the shortest book left on my shelves acquired in 2010. Next on that list is Putting Up Roots, by Charles Sheffield.