Go Fair Trade - Pre-conference backgrounderPresentation Transcript
Who really pays for the products we buy?
Going Bananas This is the route that a typical banana takes to get from the banana plantation to our supermarkets ....
Step 1: Banana Farm Workers
Have to carry heavy loads
Work in the hot sun
Have to handle dangerous chemicals
Step 2: Plantation Landowners
Have to pay the pickers
Make sure land & equipment are in good shape
Need to ensure enough bananas are grown
Step 3: Shipping Company
Make sure bananas aren’t damaged on the trip
Keep big ships in good working condition
Buy fuel for large ships
Step 4: Importer
Receive bananas from shipping company
Do paperwork for bananas to enter the country
Step 5: Wholesaler
Store the bananas in a large warehouse facility
Artificially ripen the bananas so they’re ready for us to eat
Step 6: Processor
Throws away any rotten bananas
Prepares banana bunches to go onto supermarket shelves
Step 7: Distributor
Delivers bananas to supermarkets
Must put fuel into large trucks
Must maintain large trucks in good working order
Step 8: Retailer (supermarket)
Stocks bananas on shelves
Must pay employees who work in the store
Going Bananas So, it looks something like this: Banana Farm Workers (Honduras) Plantation Landowners (Honduras) Shipping Company (USA) Importer (USA) Wholesaler (USA) Processor (USA) Distributor (Canada) Retailer (Canada) Each time the bananas change hands, people need to be paid
Going Bananas To make things easy, we are going to pretend that the price of this banana is $1.00
Going Bananas Now that you know what each person along the way does, how much of the $1.00 price do you think each one deserves for the work that they do? Decide as a group & write down your guesses
Food for thought How close were your answers? Why do you think your guesses were close, or different from, the reality?
Food for thought In which country did most of the money stay? Why do you think most of the money ended up there?
Food for thought Do you think this system is fair? If you answered NO , then what is not fair about it? How can we change this system?
Where we are NOW We have been using this system for decades to buy & sell products. The main goal of this system is for consumers to buy a lot, but pay little.
How can we focus more on money than on the people that actually make the things we buy? Where we are NOW
Where we are GOING At MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade you will learn what fair trade is doing to bring the focus back to the farmers and improve the quality of life for millions around the world!