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The Bitter Taste of Tea| 58mins
Director: Tom Heinemann | Producer: Erling Borgen & Tom Heinemann
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Denmark
Subject Tags: economies, ethics, global, globalization, human rights
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In the beautiful lush tea gardens in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, millions of tea workers struggle everyday fighting to survive. They are plucking tea for multinational companies such as Lipton and Finlay’s. The companies promise the consumers that they will act as responsible members of the global society in protecting the environment and ensuring good working and living conditions for the workers. Nothing could be more wrong. The Western consumers have turned to Fair Trade because Fairtrade/Max Havelaar guarantees that the workers in the Fair Trade certified tea estates get a little extra money every time the consumer buys their tea. This film tells the true story of how Fair Trade is not at all fair.
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