This week we want to share some of our favourite books & videos on Fair Trade and the banana industry. When each new staff member starts working at Equifruit, we are given a stack of books about bananas and Fair Trade so that we have a good understanding of what we’re getting into and the impact that Fair Trade has on producers. Here are some of those reads, plus some other good nuggets we’ve found along the way!
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
If you’ve ever wanted to know everything there is to know about bananas, this is the book to read! From the science of the fruit itself to the growth and harvesting of it, and finally to how large fruit companies have been exploiting workers since it started being exported from Central America – this book is a tell all!!
Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade Battles by Harriet Lamb
Harriet Lamb may or may not be one of our heroes. She is the former Director of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK and knows just about everything there is to know about Fairtrade. She takes us through the campaigns and successes of getting Fairtrade onto store shelves and shows how Fairtrade impacts the lives of producers!
The Fair Trade Revolution edited by John Bowes
The Fair Trade revolution is a recent find for us. The authors are some of the main people behind the success of the movement. They focus on the last 2o years of achievements within Fairtrade, and challenge us to do more while ensuring we keep producers and farmers as the main beneficiaries. It provides real-world examples on important topics like the tensions between large and small operators, the impact of recession, environmental policy and the danger of large operators embracing Fair Trade more in word than in practice. This book will inspire activists and consumers to keep making the right choices! (Description via University of Chicago Press)
Banana Split by Shebafilms
If you frequent our blog often, you’ll have already seen our blog post where we interview the makers of a great documentary on bananas called Banana Split. We love that it’s available in both English & French, and is shot through a Canadian lens.