Community Service Center

Educate Yourself! - Globalization

Globalization has become an increasingly important word in the 21st century. The word has many different meanings as well as positive and negative connotations. The definition of globaliztion will differ according to the source but Global Envision ( this definition:

The term globalization describes the growing political, social, cultural, economic and technological interconnectedness and interdependence of the world today. Globalization has been described as the world getting smaller - as markets and people become more accessible to one another. As communication technologies advance, cultures continue to overlap and influence each other. In addition, an increase in international trade has created an economic interdependence between many states. This process has effects on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world.

By patronizing your local Starbucks you can do your part to ensure that coffee farmers recieved an equitable price for your cup of coffee.

  • Starbucks is North America’s largest purchaser of Fair Trade CertifiedTM coffee-- make sure to ask for it in your beverage!
  • Starbucks pays premium prices that are substantially over and above the prevailing commodity-grade coffee prices. In fiscal 2003, when prices for commercial-grade arabica coffee ranged from $0.55-$0.70 per pound, Starbucks paid an average of $1.20 per pound for all of our coffee. In fiscal 2005, Starbucks paid an
    average price of $1.28 per pound, which was 23 percent higher than the average New York “C” market price during the same time frame.

Visit for more information about Starbucks' fair trade coffee.

Whole Foods is another great retailer for those concerned about ethical consumption. In March of 2007 Whole Foods launched the Whole Trade Guarantee to source socially responsible products from developing countries to ensure:

  • exceptional product quality,
  • more money for producers,
  • better wages and working conditions for workers,
  • sound environmental production practices that promote biodiversity, and
  • support of poverty eradication via donating one percent of product sales to the Whole Planet Foundation™
Visit for more information on the Whole Foods' Mission and the Whole Trade Guarantee.