• Engaging in Trade Policy Transformation this World Fair Trade Day!

    Wouldn’t it be great if public policies benefited the public, so everyone could prosper, and so-called “free trade agreements” valued our precious resources rather than exploiting people and the planet? As consumers, we have the power to vote with our dollars...

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  • Roots in Revolution

    Nicaragua’s revolution triumphed on July 19, 1979. The Sandinistas came to power, having overthrown the Somoza dictatorship. The revolution won the hearts of the vast majority of Nicaraguans and caught the imagination of the world. In the initial years...

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  • Fair Trade - A Global Challenge

    After more than thirty-five years of focusing on the first of GEPA´s three mission statements, “to promote disadvantaged producers in the South,” GEPA is now paying attention to the growing social and economic imbalances in northern countries, the so-called “developed countries.”

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  • The Non-GMO Supply Side at Whole Foods Market

    Despite the narrow defeat of I-522 in Washington state last year, the momentum for GMO transparency is stronger than ever. At Whole Foods Market, we undoubtedly see that consumers want alternatives to GMOs, and they want clear and honest labeling from their food producers.

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  • Small-Scale Family Farming Supports Life

    To kick off the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, the European Commission (EC) recently organized a conference in Brussels. La Via Campesina (LVC) sent male and female farmer leaders from India, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Argentina, United States, Mali, Morocco, Italy, France, Croatia, Romania, Spain and Norway.

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  • Sugar – All That Can Be, Should Be Fair Trade

    The global conventional sugar market is large and complex. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), estimated production in 2014 will exceed 175 million metric tonnes.

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  • Transparency for Consumers on Eco-Social Labels

    Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has been battling the systemic “fairwashing” that various certifiers and their licensees have been engaging in, as far as using front-panel “Fair Trade” seals on products with minor fair trade content.

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  • Fairness for Farmworkers and Farm Animals

    More than a century ago, Upton Sinclair shocked the nation with his groundbreaking and best-selling novel, The Jungle, reporting on life for immigrant workers in Chicago’s harrowing meat-packing industry.

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  • Trade Policy Reform Corner

    The Foodopoly, Trade and Democracy
    It is a rallying cry for foodies everywhere, but what does it mean? Sometimes, it is a plea to shop locally, or to buy organic.

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  • Why We Need Labels on Food from Factory Farms

    It was not long ago that consumers knew where their food came from. Most of it, including meat, dairy and eggs, came from backyards and neighborhood family farms.

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  • A Decade of Prosperity in Ghana

    Global Mamas is struggling with success. That may sound like a strange statement from an organization celebrating a ten-year anniversary, but it is true nonetheless.

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