Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dominican Coffee Farmer in Town -- Oct 22

Saturday, October 22
Noon -- 2:00 pm

Rockin K' Cafe 
(across from CVS, aka Bogart's)

This is a chance to meet Maria, a coffee farmer from the Dominican Republic, to hear about the benefits of Fair Trade first-hand. 

Of course, you will also be able to enjoy some fair-trade coffee, and snacks will also be served. After the event, Social Justice League students will take Maria around the BSU campus, to show her where fair-trade products are served.

This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Look for this sign!

If you see this sign at any BSU event, you can rest assured knowing that you are drinking Fair Trade coffee!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fair Trade - A Story

Want to Learn More About the Impact of Fair Trade?

2009 Impact Report. (2009). Fair Trade Certified Wine - TransFair USA. Retrieved June 16, 2011, from

Fair Trade Certified Bananas. (2010). 2009/2010 Impact Report - TransFair USA. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from

Fair Trade Certified Cocoa. (2009). 2009 Impact Report - TransFair USA. Retrieved June 17, 2011, from

Fair Trade Certified Coffee. (2010, September 1). Impact Report - TransFair USA. Retrieved June 16, 2011, from

Fair Trade Certified Flowers. (2010). 2009/2010 Impact Report - TransFair USA. Retrieved June 17, 2011, from

Fair Trade Certified Sugar. (2009). 2009 Impact Report - TransFair USA. Retrieved June 16, 2011, from

Fair Trade Certified Tea. (2010). Fair Trade USA 2010 Impact Report. Retrieved June 17, 2011, from

Suggested Videos about Fair Trade & Product Histories


“Black Gold” Documentary

“Birdsong &Coffee: A Wake up Call”

“After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffee Lands” Short Documentary

“Just Coffee” Short Documentary about fair trade coffee

Frontline special on Coffee in Guatemala & coffee crisis

Fair Trade with special focus on handicrafts

Three college students trace the origins of their cups of coffee back to the farm

Fair Trade coffee in Uganda

Santiago’s Story

Fair Trade Videos from Fair Trade Australia and New Zealand

Fair Trade – In General

“Fair Trade – The Story” – short video about fair trade and Fair Trade USA

“Fair Trade: the Power of the Consumer” - very short video about being a conscious consumer

“Shopping with a Conscience” – short video about conscious consumption

Very short video about why to buys fair trade

Short introductory videos from Fair Trade International about Fair Trade

“Fair Trade: Improving Lives” Short film from Fair Trade USA

Short film about Fair Trade & Fair Trade USA

Why choose Fair Trade?

Fair Trade Farmers Share their Stories – hour long video from Fair Trade USA

“Fair Trade: Protecting the Environment” A short film from Fair Trade USA

“Fair Trade: Quality Products” A short film by Fair Trade USA

Very short video on Fair Trade from Nourish Life

Free vs. Fair Trade

Short Films about Fair Trade from the Fair Trade Foundation

Trade Aid

“Equal Exchange travels to Chiapas, Mexico” short video


“The Price of Sugar” Documentary about the sugar industry in the Dominican Republic


“The Dark Side of Chocolate” Documentary

“Chocolate Country” is a documentary about cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic


“Banana Split” Documentary


“Grains of Change: a Peoples’ Voice” Documentary about fair trade rice plantation in N. Thailand


“Ensuring Equitable pay for Growers: Whole Trade Haitian Francis Mangoes”

Our Global Economic System & Modern Day Slavery

“The Story of Stuff”

“Trade Justice: Why world Trade rules need to change”

“Outsourced” Short film about outsourcing & its’ effect on the global economy

Hidden Faces of Globalization”

What is Globalization? – A definition by Noam Chomsky

Modern Day Slavery

How Modern Day Slavery is connected to you as a consumer

How slavery is connected to us through the electronics we use – A story of slavery in the Congo

Food Industry

“Tomorrow’s Global Food System: Opportunities and Challenges”

“The Hidden Battle for the World Food System”

“Stuffed, Starved, & Sprayed”

“Global Food Justice”

“King Corn” Documentary about corn and food industry

“The Future of Food” Documentary about food and the less than honest practices of the food industry.

“Food Inc” Documentary about the food industry and what’s really in our food.

Suggestions for eating healthy, for both you and the environment!

“Michael Pollan: Food Chain” very short video about food chain – from seed to table

“Michael Pollan: Why Eat Local” very short video on importance of buying local

“In Season” Short video about buying food in season

“Farmers Markets” Short video about the importance of local farms

What’s wrong with our food system? (from the eyes of an 11 year old)

Suggested Book List to learn more about Fair Trade & Related Topics

Fair Trade

Bowes, J. (2011). The Fair Trade Revolution. London: Pluto Press.

Conroy, M. (2007). Branded! How the ‘Certification Revolution’ Is Transforming Global Corporations. New Society Publishers.

DeCarlo, J. (2007). Fair Trade: A Beginner's Trade. Oxford: Oneworld Publications.

Fridell, G. (2007). Fair Trade Coffee The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice. Canada: University of Toronto Press Incorporated.

Hutchens, A. (2010). Changing big business the globalisation of the fair trade movement. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Litvinoff, M., & Madeley, J. (2007). 50 reasons to buy fair trade (1. publ. ed.). London: Pluto Press.

Lyon, S., & Moberg, M. (2010). Fair trade and social justice: global ethnographies. New York: New York University Press.

Nicholls, A., & Opal, C. (2008). Fair trade: market-driven ethical consumption. London: Sage.

Ransom, D. (2006). The no-nonsense guide to fair trade (New ed.). Oxford: New Internationalist.

Raynolds, L. T., Murray, D. L., & Wilkinson, J. (2007). Fair trade: the challenges of transforming globalization. London: Routledge.

Stiglitz, J. E., & Charlton, A. (2005). Fair Trade for All: how trade can promote development. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Woodman, C. (2011). Unfair Trade: How big business exploits the world's poor and why it doesn't have to. London: Random House Business Books.

Zaccaï, E. (2007). Sustainable consumption, ecology and fair trade. London: Routledge.

Globalization, Our Global Trading System, & Its’ Realities

Anderson, S., Cavanagh, J., & Lee, T. (2005). Field guide to the global economy (Revised and updated ed.). New York: New Press.

Bakan, J. (2004). The corporation. London: Free Press.

Bales, K. (2004). Disposable people: new slavery in the global economy (Rev. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Bales, K., Trodd, Z., & Williamson, A. K. (2009). Modern slavery: the secret world of 27 million people. Oxford: Oneworld.

Bales, Kevin. (2005). Understanding global slavery: a reader. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Batstone, D. B. (2010). Not for sale: the return of the global slave trade--and how we can fight it. New York: HarperOne.

Black, M. (2007). The no-nonsense guide to international development. London: New internationalist.

Clawson, J. (2009). Everyday justice: the global impact of our daily choices. Downers Grove: IVP Books.

Collier, P. (2008). The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. USA: Oxford University Press.

Derber, C. (2003). People before profit: the new globalization in an age of terror, big money, and economic crisis. New York: Picador.

Easterly, W. R. (2006). The white man's burden why the West's efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good. New York: Penguin Press.

Ellwood, W. (2010). The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization (3rd edition ed.). Toronto: New Internationalist.

Fisman, R., & Miguel, E. (2010). Economic gangsters corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Harrison, R., Newholm, T., & Shaw, D. (2005). The ethical consumer. London: SAGE Publications.

Jones, E. (2010). The better world shopping guide: every dollar makes a difference (3rd ed.). Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers.

Korten, D. C. (2001). When corporations rule the world (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Lappé, F. M., Collins, J., & Rosset, P. (1998). World hunger: 12 myths (2nd ed.). New York: Grove Press.

Leonard, A., & Conrad, A. (2010). The story of stuff: how our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health--and a vision for change. New York: Free Press.

Nace, T. (2005). Gangs of America: the rise of corporate power and the disabling of democracy. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

Rivoli, P. (2009). The travels of a T-shirt in the global economy: an economist examines the markets, power, and politics of world trade (2nd ed.). Hoboken: John Wiley.

Sachs, J. (2005). The end of poverty: economic possibilities for our time. New York: Penguin Books.

Sage, J., Kasten, L., & Steinem, G. (2008). Enslaved: true stories of modern day slavery. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sen, A. K. (2000). Development as freedom. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Shell, E. R. (2009). Cheap: the high cost of discount culture. New York: Penguin Press.

Stiglitz, J. E. (2003). Globalization and its discontents. New York: W.W. Norton.

Stiglitz, J. E. (2007). Making globalization work (Pbk. ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co..

Thurow, R., & Kilman, S. (2009). Enough: why the world's poorest starve in an age of plenty. New York: PublicAffairs.

Woodman, C. (2009). Around the World in 80 Trades. London: Non Basic Stock Line.

Where our food comes from…

Bello, W. F. (2009). The food wars. London: Verso.

Belasco, W. J., & Horowitz, R. (2009). Food chains: from farmyard to shopping cart. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Inglis, D., & Gimlin, D. (2010). The globalization of food. Oxford: Berg.

Millstone, E., & Lang, T. (2008). The atlas of food: who eats what, where, and why (Rev. and updated. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Menzel, P., & Aluisio, F. (2008). What the world eats. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press.

Nestle, M. (2008). Food politics: how the food industry influences nutrition and health (Rev. and expanded ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Pollan, M. (2006). The omnivore's dilemma: a natural history of four meals. New York: Penguin Press.

Pollan, M. (2009). In defense of food: an eater's manifesto. New York: Penguin Press.

Shiva, V. (2000). Stolen harvest: the hijacking of the global food supply. Cambridge: South End Press.

Singer, P., & Mason, J. (2006). The ethics of what we eat: why our food choices matter. U.S.: Holtzbrinck Publishers.

Weber, K. (2009). Food, Inc.: how industrial food is making us sicker, fatter and poorer -- and what you can do about it. New York: Public Affairs.


Abbott, E. (2009). Sugar: a bittersweet history. London: Duckworth Overlook.

Aronson, M., & Budhos, M. T. (2010). Sugar changed the world: a story of spice, magic, slavery, freedom, and science. Boston: Clarion Books.

Macinnis, P. (2002). Bittersweet: the story of sugar. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin.


Antonio, M. (2007). Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's extraordinary life of wealth, empire, and utopian dreams. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.

Brenner, J. G. (2000). The emperors of chocolate: inside the secret world of Hershey and Mars. New York: Broadway Books.

Cadbury, D. (2010). Chocolate wars: the 150-year rivalry between the world's greatest chocolate makers. New York: Public Affairs.

Coe, S. D., & Coe, M. D. (2007). The true history of chocolate (Rev. [and updated ed.). New York: Thames and Hudson.

Off, C. (2008). Bitter chocolate: the dark side of the world's most seductive sweet. New York: New Press.

Rosenblum, M. (2005). Chocolate: a bittersweet saga of dark and light. New York: North Point Press.

Ryan, O. (2010). Chocolate nations: living and dying for cocoa in west africa.. S.l.: Zed Books Ltd.

Satre, L. J. (2005). Chocolate on trial: slavery, politics, and the ethics of business. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Young, A. M. (2007). The chocolate tree: a natural history of cacao (Rev. and expanded ed.). Gainesville: University Press of Florida.


Bacon, C. M. (2008). Confronting the coffee crisis: fair trade, sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Cycon, D. (2007). Javatrekker: dispatches from the world of fair trade coffee. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Pub..

Daviron, B., & Ponte, S. (2005). The coffee paradox: global markets, commodity trade, and the elusive promise of development. London: Zed Books in association with the CTA ;.

Dicum, G., and Luttinger, N. (2006). The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from the Crop to the Last Drop, Revised and Updated Edition. New York: The New Press.

Fridell, G. (2007). Fair trade coffee: the prospects and pitfalls of market-driven social justice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Jaffee, D. (2007). Brewing justice: fair trade coffee, sustainability, and survival. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Luttinger, N., & Dicum, G. (2006). The coffee book: anatomy of an industry from crop to the last drop (Rev. and updated. ed.). New York: New Press .

Lyon, S. (2011). Coffee and community: Maya farmers and fair-trade markets. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

Paige, J. M. (1998). Coffee and power: revolution and the rise of democracy in Central America. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Pendergrast, M. (2010). Uncommon grounds: the history of coffee and how it transformed our world (Rev. ed.). New York: Basic Books.

Rice, P., & McLean J. (1999). Sustainable Coffee at the Crossroads. Washington, DC: Consumer’s Choice Council.

Talbot, J. M. (2004). Grounds for agreement: the political economy of the coffee commodity chain. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Weissman, M. (2008). God in a cup: the obsessive quest for the perfect coffee. Hoboken: J. Wiley.

Wild, A. (2005). Coffee: a dark history. New York: W W Norton & Co.

Williams, R. G. (1994). States and social evolution: coffee and the rise of national governments in Central America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.


Chapman, P. (2007). Bananas: how the United Fruit Company shaped the world. Edinburgh: Canongate .

Frundt, H. J. (2009). Fair bananas!: farmers, workers, and consumers strive to change an industry. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Jenkins, V. S. (2000). Bananas: an American history. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Koeppel, D. (2009). Banana: the fate of the fruit that changed the world. New York: Plume.

Lamb, H. (2009). Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fair Trade Battles. U.K.: Random House.

Musicant, I. (1990). The banana wars: a history of United States military intervention in Latin America from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Panama. New York: Macmillan.

Myers, G. (2004). Banana Wars: The Price of Free Trade: A Caribbean Perspective.. London: Zed Books.

Schlesinger, S. C., & Kinzer, S. (2005). Bitter fruit: the story of the American coup in Guatemala (Rev. and expanded ed., 2nd David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies ed.). Cambridge: Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Striffler, S., & Moberg, M. (2003). Banana wars: power, production, and history in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press.


Hohenegger, B. (2007). Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West. St. Martin’s Press.

Mair, V. H., & Hoh, E. (2009). The true history of tea. London: Thames & Hudson.

Kids Books

A School Like Mine. (2007). S.l.: Dk Publishing.

Cooper, A. (2006). Fair trade?: a look at the way the world is today (New ed.). London: Franklin Watts.

Dickmann, N. (2011). Seasons on a farm. Chicago, Ill.: Heinemann Library.

Dickmann, N. (2011). Food from farms. Chicago, Ill.: Heinemann Library.

Gibbons, G. (1991). From seed to plant. New York: Holiday House.

Guillain, A. (2008). Bella's Chocolate Surprise. USA: Millet Publishing.

Kindersley, B. (1995). Children just like me. New York: Dorling Kindersley.

Milway, K. S., & Fernandes, E. (2008). One hen: how one small loan made a big difference. Toronto: Kids Can Press.

Milway, K. S., & Daigneault, S. (2010). The good garden: how one family went from hunger to having enough. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press.

Rayner, A. (2006). A life like mine. London: DK.

Smith, D. J., & Armstrong, S. (2011). If the world were a village: a book about the world's people (2nd ed.). Toronto: Kids Can Press.

Smith, D. J., & Armstrong, S. (2011). This child, every child. Toronto: Kids Can Press.

Strauss, R., & Woods, R. (2007). One well: the story of water on Earth. Toronto: Kids Can Press.

Vergara, D. A. (2007). Zapizapu crosses the sea: a story about being fair. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford.

We are all born free: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures. (2008). London: Frances Lincoln Children's Books in association with Amnesty International.