February 17, 2008 · 1:00 PM
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We had some spots open up for the Metro NYC Environmental Meetup's monthly environmental movie, vegetarian potluck, and discussion and I thought some folks here might be interested in joining us.
This month's movie is: Black Gold (2006)
"Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.
But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.
Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.
Against the backdrop of Tadesse's">Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers."
*If you RSVP and then can't come, please change your RSVP to allow others the opportunity to attend.
*Please bring your own re-usable plate, cup and utensils so we reduce our waste to landfill and please indicate if you can in your response.
*I'll make a main dish so when you RSVP, please indicate in the comment box what you'll be bringing:
I will email the address out 48 hours before the event.
B/Q 7th Ave Station (Express in Brooklyn)
2/3 Bergen St
LIRR station, D/N/R/4/5 Atlantic Terminal