Author(s): Jacqueline DeCarlo
The European Union and United States pay fourteen billion dollars a year in illegal agricultural subsidies. In textiles and agriculture, where developing world countries have a natural economic advantage, they are effectively priced out of the market, with devastating consequences for millions of people. Grounded in the inspiring power of Fair Trade as a positive alternative to poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation, this enlightening book explains how we can make a difference. With comprehensive coverage of Fair Trade principles, exploration of why Fair Trade is such a powerful economic and social justice tool, and methods for participation in Fair Trade at home and in society, it will empower the reader to tackle a key source of global injustice. Generating opportunities for self-reflection, and providing guideposts for new directions in personal consumption and civic participation, "Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide" is informative and inspiring.
Melanee Meegan - Marketing Director, Peace Coffee, USA"Well researched, clear and concise. DeCarlo's personal involvement in the fair trade movement informs her writing and kept me engaged all the way through to the last page."Rob Everts - co-Executive Director, Equal Exchange"From coffee farmers to consumers, ceramics to certification, DeCarlo brings to life the history and depth of the Fair Trade movement."
Jacqueline DeCarlo was the director of the Fair Trade Resource Network, leading the organization's growth and development before joining Catholic Relief Services in 2005. She is currently a professional writer.