Since 1978, the World Development Tea Co-operative has been importing Tradewinds tea that is blended, packed and shipped by Sri Lankans. Best known is the Superior Blend tea in the distinctive reed baskets that are woven by 2,500 village women. The women are shareholders in the export company and receive housing loans and help with schooling for their children.
In contrast, transnational corporations buy bulk tea cheaply at auction and ship it to their overseas plants for blending, packing and distribution. If Sri Lanka could export all its tea in packaged form, it would more than double its income from tea. This would dwarf all the foreign aid money it receives. That's why NI supports the Tea Co-op in this campaign for self-reliance through fair trade.
And the Superior Blend...
Superior Blend is a high quality tea with a finer flavour than is usually found in supermarket tea.
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Tea grows best in tropical climates from sea level to high altitudes. Quality tea is always plucked by hand, because only the young upper two leaves with the bud is harvested and the remaining growth is cut back. The tea plucker carries up to 15kg immediately to the factory. This harvested fresh tea is withered overnight and dried 60%. Then it is either processed by the CTC method (cut - tear - curl) or by one of many 'orthodox' methods (for higher quality teas), oxidized under controlled temperature and humidity, fired (dried) and sorted, blended and packed.
Tradewinds offers an alternative to multinational commodity trading: it supports sustainable agriculture and sustainable development.
As books on human rights proliferate, this slim volume stands out as a sensibly condensed guide on the subject, reducing such iconic works as Steiner & Alston's International Human Rights in Context to readable proportions.
In tracing the historic development of human rights, the authors note that they existed long before they were recognised by international law in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In particular, the authors identify historical examples of human rights principles in all cultures and religions, taking the reader back to the contributions of the ancient Greek philosophers, Aquinas, Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx.
In such a compact book as this, one would not be surprised to find that the authors have shied away from difficult and complex issues, but this is not the case. Problems that plague human rights discourse, such as universality versus cultural relativism, and whether human rights should be sacrificed for security, are addressed. One of the attractions of this volume is that it is inter-disciplinary - it is about human rights, not just human rights law. Thus Chapter 5 begins with the observation that ÄúLaw is not the only, or even the most important means to assert rights and seek redress for their violationÄù. This chapter then explores non-legal avenues that victims of human rights abuses can pursue, including an analysis of the part played by civil society, truth commissions, ombudsmen and national human rights institutions. The authors also address the powerful role that human rights education can play in building a culture of human rights.
While this scholarly volume does not claim to add anything new to the existing literature, it is by far the best condensed summation of the modern human rights movement anywhere. In addition, the foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflecting on the human rights struggles of his South Africa makes moving reading. With human rights legislation in place in the ACT and Victoria, and the current proposal to introduce a Federal Human Rights Act, there is a growing need for awareness and understanding of human rights. This book will be a useful tool in that quest for greater knowledge.
It will help every classroom (and parliament) to be better informed, more motivated and happier at knowing better how to rescue the planet. For once, I've enjoyed a book on climate change!
...the book sets standards that I believe all development projects should strive to meet.
I believe that hemp is going to be the fibre of choice in both the home furnishing and fashion industries.
A little about Baladarshan: Baladarshan is a Fair Trade Organisation marketing the products of Chennai slum women working through the SPEED foundation.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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