Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Drying Fair Trade coffee beans at LaTrinidad Cooperative in OaxacaThe Promise of Product Certification

30 minute Film and Discussion

Thursday, August 13
6:30 pm
Southside Library
Jeff & Michelle Branch Community Room
6599 Jaguar Dr.

World trade is bringing all of us closer together. Never have so many products from so many places competed for our attention. But half of the world's people remain desperately poor. Their misery – and our appetite for resources – threaten land, air, forests, water, even life itself. But what if our purchases could actually improve things?

The thirty minute film, adapted from the one hour documentary, BUYER BE FAIR: The Promise of Product Certification, explores how consumers and businesses can use the market to promote social justice and environmental sustainability through product labeling, with a focus on fair trade coffee.

Produced by the Seattle-based team of John de Graaf and Hana Jindrova (Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger) and narrated by NPR's Scott Simon, BUYER BE FAIR will be shown at the Southside Branch of the Santa Fe Public Library on August 13, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. A discussion led by Steven P. Gloss of Sustaining Cultures will follow the film.

Photo: "Drying Fair Trade coffee beans at LaTrinidad Cooperative in Oaxaca" from Buyer Be Fair.

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