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Tell Major Food Retailers to be Leaders in Farmworker Justice!


You may have noticed that big grocery store chains like Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Kroger are starting to talk about social justice as part of sustainability and are offering more products making such claims. Safeway claims that “people are the core of Safeway’s operating philosophy” and has started offering more products claiming fair trade status. […]

Nestlé Needs to Take Responsibility for Its Supply Chain

should Nestle be fair trade?

Most of us eat a lot of processed and packaged food. In the fair trade movement we talk about what kind of fair trade labels should be allowed on these packaged products. Should a company like Nestlé be allowed to put a fair trade label on a product like a Kit Kat even if all […]

Historic Farmworker Agreement Is Model for Farms

Workers line up to vote

Several years ago we heard about a labor dispute in Washington. A group of farmworkers organized as Familias Unidas por la Justicia had coordinated a series of walkouts and lawsuits to demand changes at the farm, including paid breaks, better housing, higher pay, among other improvements. By the time we heard about their struggles, they […]

At Rural Schools in Togo Getting There Can Be the Hardest Part


As Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Few would deny the power and importance of education. Parents around the world go to great lengths to secure education for their children. In the United States, much of the discussion around schools and education is […]

New Overtime Bill is Boost for Farmworkers and Opportunity to Do More

Earlier this year, California passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers, including farmworkers. As farmworkers wait for this to go into full effect, there is news that they may get a more immediate bump in pay through changed overtime rules. Legislation requiring farms to pay overtime after 8 hours a […]

Positive Progress Between Sakuma Brothers Farm and Familias Unidas por la Justicia

Positive Progress Between Sakuma Brothers Farm and Familias Unidas por la Justicia August 30, 2016     Fair World Project is pleased to report positive progress in talks between Sakuma Brothers Farm (Sakuma) and Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ).   FUJ, an independent farmworker union, has been asking to negotiate a contract with management […]

You Can’t Have Both: A Look at President Obama’s Irreconcilable Commitment to Trade and Climate

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President Obama has positioned himself as a global leader in addressing climate change. He has also championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade deal involving 12 countries along the Pacific Rim. But he can’t truly support both. The TPP will contribute to climate chaos and be an obstacle to any progress in climate mitigation […]

Elected Officials Must Prioritize Food Policy

Plate of The Union...

Throughout the primaries, conventions, and now leading up to the general election, we have heard a lot about the presidential candidates. We’ve heard a lot about emails, national security, character traits, and a host of other topics. But not nearly enough about food and farming. As the HEAL Alliance explains: Our food system is controlled […]

Fair Trade + Three: A Vision for Trade Justice

Food Security

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Tomy Matthew, leader of Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, a visionary group of small-scale farmers in Kerala, India. He shared their vision for a truly transformative version of fair trade that supports the livelihoods of farmers around the world—and, as he stresses, in a climate-challenged world, impacts […]

Saying No TPP Just Became a Little More Fun!

Rock against the TPP

We’ve been sounding the alarm about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for years. Negotiated in secret, it is no surprise that the final version of this toxic trade agreement will undermine sustainable farmers, working families, the environment, and public health. These impacts will be very real and will impact all of us. Congress still needs to […]