why is it that the "black gold" is a threat to human?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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 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.Source(s): http://www.blackgoldmovie.com/story.php
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Black gold? Oil? It is very toxic to the environment and can generate enormous revenue for a government. That is why some Middle Eastern countries such as Libya and Algeria have nationalized their oil supply, so that they can use the money for their own people and control their share of the market. It is fair enough. Foreign oil companies have maneuvered to acquire their shares and force them to sign unfair contracts. Oil is a blessing and a nuisance. Much of the mess down in the Sudan revolves around control of southern oil shares.