Thursday, October 08, 2009

Debating Fair Trade with Good Food and Generous Spirits

This time last week, give or take a time zone, I was with the good folks of Fair Trade Los Angeles. First we feasted on Fair Trade food, such as wine and chocolate, and homemade goodies, such as hummus and tortillas. We then settled in for a friendly but spirited debate about the pros and cons of mainstreaming, how Fair Trade relates to corporate social responsibility, and the joys and sorrows of being a Fair Trade entrepreneur.

Below are some memories of that evening, thanks to Dan Wilson of St. Cross Episcopal Church The event was held at St. Cross in Hermosa Beach, and there are several other LA area communities (such as Santa Monica and S. Pasadena) considering how to become Fair Trade towns. If you are close by LA, consider joining their grassroots efforts. Let me know if you need a direct contact to the volunteer organizing group or visit their website.

Photos: Fair Trade munchies; Luz and Phil of Fair Trade Express; David of TransFair USA; yours truly; Jane and Joan of FTLA; Raj of Freeset Bags


  1. Super awesome week. thanks for coming Jackie!

  2. It was great meeting you!!! Come visit again soon :)