26 February 2008

Feral trade - or the wanderings of a coffee bean

First Fairtrade, now Feral Trade. Don't worry folks - I'm not abandoning my Fairtrade principles completely, but I had to share with you this intriguing concept of Feral Trade that's linking Bristol with other parts of the world.

It was all started by Kate Rich who works at the Cube in Bristol, a microplex cinema, art space and music venue.

Kate started Feral Trade as an experiment in trading goods in person over social networks - the use word 'feral' describes a process which is wilfully wild (as in pigeon) as opposed to romantically or nature-wild (as in wolf). Goods such as coffee from El Salvador, sweets from Iran and Grappa from Croatia are traded through personal contacts, with the journey being minutely documented on the feral trade website. According to Kate;

...the passage of goods can open up wormholes between diverse social settings, routes along which other information, techniques or individuals can potentially travel ...

Read more of this article on my new travel blog at Heatheronhertravels.com

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