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Fair Trade in a World of Climate Change

While governments, scientists, civil society and others convened at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the U.N.’s weather agency reported that 2011 was the 10th hottest year since records began in 1850. Though politicians and pundits may still debate the origins and impacts of […]

World Fair Trade 2012

An initiative of The World Fair Trade Organization (, World Fair Trade Day is an annual global celebration occurring each May. Celebrations bring consumers and businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, student groups, and advocates together to host thousands of events worldwide. Fair World Project is celebrating World Fair Trade Day by organizing a joint promotion with […]

Dr. Bronner’s David Bronner Weighs in on Unorganized Farmers Fair Trade Debate

To: Fair Trade Movement Leaders Re: Mission Driven Companies working with farmers on fair trade terms, where farmers are organized short of formal co-ops. Dear All: I just listened and watched “Should Unorganized Farmers Be Included in Fair Trade?” an FTRN webinar with Rodney North of Equal Exchange and Michael Sheridan of Catholic Relief Services. […]

Fair World Project Action Alert & Backgrounder: Support Small Coffee Farmers! Stop ?fair trade? coffee plantations

Take Action! Send a letter to Fair Trade USA, Fairtrade International and IMO and urge them to continue supporting small coffee farmers by not certifying plantation coffee. Fair Trade USA? (formerly TransFair USA) and its new initiative, Fair Trade For All, ?aims to expand fair trade certification to include coffee plantations.? ?Fair Trade for All? […]

The “99%” Weighs In On Food and Fair Trade

The Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has take the nation and world by storm. Frustrated with the inequitable distribution of wealth in the United States and vast corruption of the political process by corporate interests. Food justice advocates have done a fantastic job of connecting current injustices within the global economy and the inequities within the […]

Can a “fair trade” chocolate bar contain no fair trade cocoa?

The answer sadly is yes, and soon. Fair Trade USA’s recent departure from FLO is ushering in a new era of fair trade standards and policies with major implications for fair trade producers, businesses and consumers. As FTUSA’s graphic explains below, a product need contain only 11% certified fair trade ingredients to carry the Fair […]

Roundup on the Fair Trade USA/FLO Split

On September 15th, Fairtrade International (FLO) and Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) jointly announced that FTUSA is resigning its membership in FLO, effective December 31, 2011. FTUSA?s resignation from the FLO system is partially due to its new initiative, ?Fair Trade For All? ( which it claims will ?double the impact? of fair trade by 2015. […]

Be Fair: Bringing Justice to the Marketplace

Make your voice heard: Tell? brands to “Be Fair!” Join the Fair World Project?s Be Fair campaign and call upon major brands and companies in the marketplace to ?Be Fair? and source Fair Trade ingredients and products. Help us educate the marketplace about Fair Trade and key Fair Trade certifiers and standards. About the Be […]

Fair World Tours: A New Taste of Palestine

A New Taste of Palestine February 3th-13th 2012 Please join the Fair World Project (FWP) the Canaan Fair Trade and Run Across Palestine (RAP) to explore the emerging world of Fair Trade in Palestine. FWP?s Palestine tour will provide a unique opportunity to learn from Palestinian farmers, workers, and the families. In addition to experiencing […]

On the Climate Change Frontlines

The United States Agency for International Development recently published a post highlighting a number of concerns as it relates to climate change, poverty and agriculture. Particularly notable for Fair Traders is the index of country vulnerability. Many of the countries ranked as “extremely” vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change are also countries with […]