Just thought I would pop this up here as it sort of relates to our locavore threads under the category of those things that we cannot get locally grown - coffee, tea, sugar - and our best options for buying it.
For those who are in the Hamilton area and drink lots of coffee, check this out - screening 7pm at the Waikato Migrant Centre, Boundary Road, for a gold coin donation (need to pick up tickets before the centre closes for normal work hours at 5pm)
Black Gold - the movie
Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.
But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.
Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.
Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.
I asked my local cafe if they use fair trade coffee and they confirmed they did; sounds like a fair few independent cafes do, but it surprises me that many don't advertise that fact as a marketing point. Maybe its because not enough customers show an interest in this issue?
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