- Your Call radio podcast from April 2014 on what eco-labels including fair trade mean
- World Fair Trade Organization section on facts, figures, and trends for fair trade.
- What is Fair Trade? (PDF)
Fair Trade Resource Network
5-page explanation of what fair trade is.
- The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee (PDF Version)
Nicki Lisa Cole and Keith Brown 2014
A critique of the impact of Fair Trade USA’s changed certification policies on small-scale coffee farmers.
- The Struggle for Food Justice in Fair Trade (PDF)
Christopher M. Bacon, Kaelin Holland and Eric S. George 2011
A four-page overview of the origins of the fair trade movement and the current tensions of mainstreaming fair trade. Provides a brief critique of Fair Trade USA’s decision to break off from Fair trade International, an international standard setter.
- Tensions Between Firm Size and Sustainability Goals: Fair Trade Coffee in the United States (PDF)
Philip H. Howard and Daniel Jaffee 2013
A thorough eighteen-page evaluation of the dynamics of the fair trade coffee industry in America and the predominant perspectives of Fair Trade USA’s certification of plantations
- Fair Trade, neocolonial developmentalism, and racialized power relations (PDF)
Ian Hussey and Joe Curnow 2013
Both former fair trade student activists, Hussey and Curnow provide a sharp criticism of fair trade initiatives originating from the global North. Their neocolonial developmentalism critique leads the reader to consider producer lead initiatives.
- Javatrekker, Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee
Dean Cycon 2007
Cycon, owner and founder of Dean’s Beans coffee, takes the reader on a journey across the world’s vast coffee producing regions and their tribulations. His tales are an entertaining and enlightening firsthand account of the relationships he has created as a coffee buyer.
- Brewing Justice, Fair trade coffee, sustainability, and survival.)
Daniel Jaffee 2007
Jaffee provides an extensive academic analysis of the fair trade model and its’ varying impact on coffee farmers. His lengthy time spent conducting his research in Mexico’s rural coffee communities is evident in his thorough and comprehensive recount.
- Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and ecosystems in Mexico and Central America.
Chris Bacon 2008
Bacon has compiled a book composed of 14 chapters written by an array of authors. This gives the book a complete look into the causes of international coffee crisis’s, farmers’ vulnerability, and solutions to their susceptibility.
- Fair Trade from the Ground Up: New Markets for Social Justice
April Linton 2012
Linton’s book is an up to date overview of the fair trade movement and its many components.
- Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice
Gavin Fridell 2007
Fridell provides a valuable critique of the fair trade movements and highlights its structural limitations. Alongside his analysis of varying economic theories of development, he argues it is impossible to accomplish widespread change in the larger global economy solely through alternative trade operating within an inherently unjust economy.
- Grounds for Agreement: The political Economy of the Coffee Commodity Chain
John Talbot 2004
Talbot’s relatively early analysis of the power relations of the coffee chain and the burgeoning fair trade movement is often cited in more modern analyses. His historical analysis is thorough and provides readers with a contextualized perspective of the current plight most coffee farmers.
- Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies
JSarah Lyon, Mark Moberg
Case studies in fair trade.
- Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
5 minutes, 2016
Wouldn’t it be great if public policies benefited the public, so everyone could prosper, and so-called “free trade agreements” valued our precious resources rather than exploiting people and the planet? As consumers, we have the power to vote with our dollars, as well as to engage in local and federal policy reform in order to help change and transform our global economy to protect our people and planet.
- The Fair Trade Story, by Fair World Project
6 minutes, 2014
An animated short film that provides a succinct and entertaining introduction to the fair trade movement and why it matters.
- Connected by Coffee Trailer
Connected By Coffee is an inspiring and thought-provoking documentary about the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee we drink.
- World Fair Trade Day 2013
5 minutes, 2013
Celebrating World Fair Trade Day 2013
- World Fair Trade Day 2012
4 minutes, 2012
Celebrating World Fair Trade Day 2012
- The Dark Side of Chocolate
Miki Mistrati U. Roberto Romany 2010
- After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands
20 minutes, 2010
This film focuses on the hardships some coffee farmers face in Central America during “los meses flacos” or “the thin months”, the months between harvests when struggling coffee farmers must ration their food. The film also examines a few innovative pilot projects that improve food security for these communities.
- Alternative Trade in a Conventional World
9 minutes, 2007
Covers the problems of free trade and why fair trade is important.
- 1.5 minutes
2 minutes, 2007
Witty and entertaining short video by FLO that shows individuals insisting on fairness during transparent face-to-face transactions.