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International Food Workers Week Is Coming

Walmart Protest

This week Walmart employees and supporters have started two weeks of fasting, leading up to Black Friday. “It’s a representation of starvation labor,” explains one employee. “The fast is to show Walmart that this is what they are driving people to – hunger,” explains another. Walmart is not only the country’s largest retail chain, it […]

TPP: No Longer Secret, but Still Not Fair

Industrial Ag

Last month GRAIN released a report predicting the effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the food system and how that would impact the climate. In short, it would promote everything unsustainable about our current system including industrial agriculture, big agribusiness, and highly processed food, and undermine food sovereignty and local efforts to create […]

Tell the Nation’s Largest Restaurant Company: Serve Fair, Green and Healthier Food

As we’ve written about before, nearly half the money we spend on food is spent outside the home. Even the most conscientious shopper has little control about how fair and healthy our food is when we go to a restaurant. That is why we support efforts to push restaurants, and especially large restaurant chains with […]

Take Action for Fair Trade Month!

October is Fair Trade Month and much of the emphasis of this month is on buying fair trade products. This is understandable since there are so many fair brands doing amazing work on the ground while providing great products. When we support these brands, we are reminded that there is an alternative to the conventional […]

Time to Take Action: Farmers and Workers Feel Effects of Changing Weather

Climate Action

We can debate whether climate change is real or caused by humans. Most people have moved beyond debate and see it as fact, but feel free to continue to debate if you want. One thing that we cannot and should not debate is that weather events are affecting real people today. This is true of […]

Trade Week of Action

Global Climat March - International Day of Action

We are in the midst of the International Days of Action for democracy, social justice, and public services! This week of action on trade justice could not have come at a more appropriate time. Last week, negotiators finalized the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Criticism of this massive trade deal, involving the US and […]

Negotiators Finalize TPP, the Latest Unfair Trade Agreement

Take Action on the TPP

On October 5, 2015, negotiators announced they had finally reached agreements on sticking points and finalized the text of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Widespread protests have yet to slow down this deal and it is time to rise up and say NO to unfair trade. Both inside and out of Congress, a broad […]

Advocating for Farmworker Justice from Farm to Federal Legislation

Farm Worker Video Image

Over the winter, nearly 10,000 concerned consumers wrote to Driscoll’s on behalf of farmworkers at Sakuma Brother’s farm in Washington. At the start of the growing season, over 6,000 concerned consumers wrote directly to Sakuma CEO Danny Weeden to ask him to sit down with Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), the independent union at […]

New study compares Fairtrade International to Small Producer Symbol


A new article by Patrick Clark and Ian Hussey just published in New Political Economy compares the certification systems of Fairtrade International (FTI) and the Small Producer Symbol (SPP), looking at internal and external oversight, governance structure, and covering the history of fair trade certification through which FTI evolved and SPP emerged. For those wanting […]

Recent Investigation Reminds Us Tea Workers Need More Than Certification

A joint investigation between Radio 4’s File and BBC News recently uncovered inhumane conditions on tea plantations in Assam, India. Crumbling housing and unhygienic conditions, child working in the fields, workers spraying pesticides without any protective equipment, and children unable to break cycles of disease and malnutrition were some of the concerns raised in the […]