Simon Fell > Its just code > A Cup of Hope: Coffee's Lessons
SFGate has a great aricle on the coffee industry called A Cup of Hope: Coffee's Lessons. Here's a couple of choice extracts, definitly worth a read, if that pique's your interest, then make sure you get and see Black Gold if you get a chance.
Taken together, these labels amount to something we've never seen in any other sector: foreign policy on the supermarket shelf. As a coffee drinker, you can decide for yourself how you want the international trade undertaken on your behalf to be conducted.
The difference between fair trade co-ops and neighboring farms is stunning -- it can mean the difference between kids being able to go to school, where they can work toward a better future, versus malnutrition and toil for the entire family.