Friday, 7 December 2012

Unfair Trade by Conor Woodman

The global economic crisis challenged the way many of us view our world and how we want to live in it. Conor Woodman gave up his job as an economist to travel the corners of the world investigating the shadier workings of international capitalism and to look behind the ethical, fair trade front of the iconic and everyday brands that fill our shelves.

Unfair Trade tells the personal stories of many hardworking men and women in developing or undeveloped countries, tracing the flow of raw materials along their journey to be processed, manufactured, and marketed for ‘socially responsible’ Western companies.

Unfair Trade did open my eyes to the complexities of ethical trading, but it did not give me, as a consumer, much practical advice on what to put in or avoid in the weekly shop.  It’s still very much up to the individual to put in the hard graft and peel away the fa├žade in order to sort the good banana from the bad banana. This book was a good place to start to get to grips with the complexities of the real world, while being engaged in personal stories of real people. Posted by Spot

About the Author

Conor Woodman is a former City analyst. In 2009, Channel 4 broadcast his four-part series, Around the World in 80 Trades, in which he sold his property and used £25,000 of the proceeds to kick-start his journey through 13 countries.  From Publisher's website

Check our Catalogue : Unfair Trade by Conor Woodman 2011

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