No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade

No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade

Third edition

By Sally Blundell



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An in-depth look at two decades of a movement that aims to challenge the ethical foundations of the global market. Transnational corporations look for the cheapest suppliers, while the fair trade movement insists on a premium for the producers at the start of the chain. Sally Blundell explores the origins of fair trade and what it is likely to become in the face of growing disparities between the principles and the practice.


We need to put justice, dignity and people’s freedom into the trade equation–and this is what Sally Blundell’s excellent guide helps us to do.

– Vandana Shiva, Indian philosopher and environmental activist

For anyone who wants a lucid, factual, reliable guide to some of the most important issues of our time, I strongly recommend you check out the No-Nonsense Guides.

– Howard Zinn, social activist and author of a A People’s History of America

The No-Nonsense Guides target those topics that a large army of voters cares about, but that politicos evade.

– The Independent, London, U.K.

A splendid new series of pocketable guides to issue politics…rigorously clear.

– The Guardian, London, U.K.


Foreword by Vandana Shiva
Chapter 1 A Short History of Trade
Chapter 2 The Revolution That Went to Market
Chapter 3 The Problem with Free Trade
Chapter 4 Is Fair Trade Working?
Chapter 5 The World We Live In
Chapter 6 Just Read the Label
Chapter 7 Where to From Here?