Oxford Dictionary online defines globalization as a way to “develop or be developed so as to make possible international influence or operation.”
While they are resisting corporations, they are not resisting development through international trading. The local farmers are selling their product to an organization that sells their product in the global market. Objectively, this process is the same as local fishers selling their catch to Tsukiji fish market in Japan, or the South American coca farmers shipping their contraband to Africa. Just because Fair Trade USA isn’t constantly searching for the lowest price like McDonalds or somehow suppressing religious freedom doesn’t mean that resists the umbrella of globalization. In fact, it may just be a better odel.
Does this case study imply that globalization is fundamentally bad, since ethical international trade is considered resisting? And ultimately, what does this say about how we define globalization?