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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

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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 […]

Fair Trade and Body Care – A Vital Connection

Collecting Shea

Many people, when they think about fair trade, think about food or they think about handicrafts. Many people, when they think about body care products, think about what those products can do for their skin or hair. Though fair trade and body care lack an immediate association for many people, the two have a meaningful […]

When It Comes to Trade, We Need Better than the TPP

No Lame Duck Vote on TPP

by Kerstin Lindgren The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to bring a net, but marginal, boost to the economy, according to a new study by the U.S. International Trade Commission. We can expect a loss of manufacturing jobs, not a fact to take lightly, but the sector expected to tip the balance in favor of […]

We Still Need to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Raise The Wage

The Fight for $15 is sweeping the nation. Thousands of workers, notably in the fast food sector, have staged coordinated strikes. California recently passed legislation guaranteeing a minimum wage of $15/hour for all workers to be phased in over the next several years. New York followed close behind with legislation that will guarantee workers in […]

Mobilizing for a Better World

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Around the world, thousands of people are currently mobilizing to demand more and better from governments and corporations. In Paris and now spreading throughout Europe, thousands are staging all night vigils protesting anti-labor policies and calling for a democracy that works for people. In a statement from the public assembly in Paris, organizers say, in […]

A New Look at the History and Trajectory of Fair Trade

Fair Trade Farmers

“In the early 1980s, as the Reagan administration aggressively funded an imperialist war in Nicaragua, the Sandinistas reached out internationally for demonstrations of solidarity.” Ian Hussey and Joe Curnow begin their article Fair Trade: From Solidarity to the Standardization of Neocolonial Relations, recently published in Darkmatter this way. They go on to elaborate on the […]


Fresh off the Printer - For a better World Issue 12

Our 12th issue of For A Better World focuses on the apparel industry, a global industry with huge human and environmental costs. Fast Fashion vs. Ethical Fashion In an interview, Andrew Morgan tells us of his journey to directing the documentary The True Cost, about the impact of “fast fashion” on the people who make […]