Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. The movement is now active in 45 countries. This film travels around the globe to record this phenomenon.
Black gold asks us 'to wake up and smell the coffee,' to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. The film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who produce the beans. In particular, It follows Tadesse Meskela as he tries to get a living wage for the 70,000 Ethiopian coffee farmers he represents. In the process Black gold provides the most in-depth study of any commodity on film today and offers a compelling introduction to the 'fair trade' movement galvanizing consumers around the globe.
A struggle for control of the world food market is waging, and the battle promises to escalate in the 21st century. This documentary by Carmen Garcia examines how a handful of companies have come to dominate beef production and distribution in North America. This film gives a voice to independent cattle producers who, unable to compete with the corporations, find themselves being squeezed out of the industry.
Using the international fashion industry as a case study this resource asks: what is globalization, what are the causes, and what is the role played by TNCs? It then looks at the effects of globalization and asks what are the pros and cons and who benefits? Filmed in Bangladesh, it compares the working and living conditions of textile workers employed in large scale factories in Dhaka, with those employed by a small rural fair trade fashion initiative. An engaging resource that will provoke much thought and discussion.
Globalization of world trade seems inevitable, but could lessons learned from fair trade price certification of timber, by the Forest Stewardship Council, and coffee, by Fair Trade, be applied to other products from developing countries?
More than 40 million people work in the garment industry worldwide. As some of the world's lowest paid workers, they are at the mercy of a system in which many companies strive to maximize profits by paying employees as little as possible. But consumers are beginning to realize the power of their purchases to shape the lives of workers. Patagonia sees this as an opportunity to support the people behind the product and work toward wage equity in the supply chain. And this commitment goes beyond just a few token factories or a new marketing campaign. It is a growing movement that strives to do the right thing, even when it's difficult or less immediately profitable to do so. Here's how it works.
El Cacao exposes the dark side of chocolate production in Latin America by examining the economics of Fair Trade from the point of view of the indigenous farmers as they attempt to sustain their community through the growth, harvest, and trade of cacao beans in the global market. This 20-minute documentary film highlights the life of an indigenous Ngabe farmer in Panama and his unconditional devotion to this so-called "superfood." The film threads together the themes of neoliberal ideology, human rights, and the economics of the chocolate industry. While the demand for chocolate in developed nations continues to raise, the farmers in developing countries, like Panama, are rarely awarded the economic incentive promised to them.
This program profiles fair trade chocolate supplier Divine Chocolate, which was established by a co-op of cocoa farmers in Ghana to give them a share in the profits from their crops. The video describes the company's niche in the confectionery market, discusses Divine Chocolate's marketing efforts, and assesses the company's success in changing acceptable business standards.