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The Bitter Taste of Tea [electronic resource]: Journey Into the World of Fair Trade

DR TV (Television station : Copenhagen, Denmark)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This program travels to tea estates in Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, and Bangladesh-some traditional, some fair trade-to expose unsafe work environments and labor exploitation. Finding little meaningful difference between fair trade and non-fair trade operations, questions arise: Are fair trade organizations such as the E.U.'s Max Havelaar Foundation being duped by tea growers? Or are growers doing the best they can in a brutal industry and a market that has yet to demand the quantities of fair trade tea that would create meaningful trickle-down profits for their workers? It is left to the viewer to weigh the arguments and decide.
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59 min.
Portions are in other languages with English subtitles
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 19, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Journey into the world of fair trade
  • Working Conditions on Sri Lanka Tea Farms (2:43)
  • Fair Trade International Support (2:42)
  • Malnourished Tea Workers (3:04)
  • Tea Farms: Problems with Pesticides (5:35)
  • Pesticides: Suicide and Death (2:12)
  • Kenya: World's Largest Tea Auction (4:15)
  • Fair Trade Certification: Corrupt Process? (5:47)
  • Fair Trade Regulators Blind to Problems (5:04)
  • Tea Workers: Poor Working Conditions (3:33)
  • Sri Lanka: Tea Factory Tragedy (3:36)
  • Corrupt Fair Trade Farm Owners (3:54)
  • Fair Trade Guarantees: Worthless? (4:20)
  • Multinational Corporations Deny Non-Compliance with Fair Trade Ethics (1:30)
  • Kenya: Fair Trade Farm (4:01)
  • Fair Trade Products? Are They Worth It? (3:59)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008.
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40351 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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