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…It’s Movie Monday: Black Gold?

Black Gold

Black Gold is “a story about coffee and trade”.

    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 Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

It looks like a fascinating film, and definitely brings light to an issue that few Americans consider while waiting in line at the local Starbucks.

[Black Gold]

…MOO is having an egg hunt?

MOO Egg Hunt

Get a jump on the Easter season with MOO’s Egg Hunt.

MOO has hidden eggs online, in MOO products, and in the great outdoors, and finding one could win you one of over 3,500 prizes.

Each working day they’ll hide new clues in the MOO Blog, and there are also clues hidden in orders for current MOO customers.

The first person to find each egg wins a prize, and another nine random finders will also win prizes, for a total of 10 winners per egg.

They’ve also partnered with Flickr, so if you’d like to get started with finding eggs in the great outdoors, and live in either London, Montreal, Bordeaux, Oaxaca, Tokyo, Paris, Niagra Falls, Toronto, New York, Brighton, Glasgow, BC, Oslo, Barcelona, Brussels, Silicon Valley, Wellington, Oxford, Austin, Konstanz, or San Francisco, then check the map for an egg near you.

[MOO – Egg Hunt]

[Flickr – MOO Egg Hunting Map]

…Art should be mailable?

MAiLmeART

MAiLmeART is a very interesting project from Darren Di Lieto, the founder and editor of LCSV4. To enter, artists submit “envelopes or packages that have been drawn on, painted, dipped in acid, covered in paper mache (anything you want really) but they must look amazing and they must have traveled through the post with the postman able to see the work”. After all of the artwork is received, an exhibition will be held in London, where everything will be shown and eventually sold, with each artists receiving 70% of the profits from the sale of his piece. So far, the entries are all very unique and very beautiful, so I’m interested to see what other creations are submitted. If only I fly my way to London.

Mail Me One Neck

Mail Me Box

Mail Me PCM

[MAilmeART]

[LCSV4]

[Via: Trend Hunter]

…London’s underground is filled with animals?

Underground Elephant

Paul Middlewick stared at the London Underground map for so long, he started to see animals. Then, he realized that he wasn’t crazy, the tube lines, stations and junctions of the subway really did form into the shape of an elephant. Since that fateful discovery some 17 years ago, many more members of the animal kingdom have been discovered, all of which are documented at AnimalsOfTheUnderground.com, a collection of 27 animals. No drugs required.

[AnimalsOfTheUnderground.com]

[Via: Neatorama]