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Pressure On Companies Works So Let’s Step It Up

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Last week two separate news stories highlighted the fact that large corporations do make changes under pressure. Nestle announced they will start removing artificial colors and flavors from their candy. And Wal-Mart announced they will gave a half million employees raises, paying a minimum of $10/hour by next February. Wal-Mart workers have been tireless in […]

Tell Driscoll’s to Be Fair!

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Farmworkers at the Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Washington state have been in a years-long struggle for fair pay and rights protection with farm owners. Workers, under the banner of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (United Families for Justice) have been trying to obtain a legally binding contract that ensures a fair wage and decent […]

President Obama Seeks to Revive Fast Track

As part of his State of the Union address, President Obama announced his attention to revive Fast Track, the dangerous legislation that would give him authority to negotiate international trade treaties like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) without debate or approval from Congress. Despite Obama’s promises to […]

International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) Concludes; 2015 is the International Year of Soils

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2014 marked the United Nation’s International Year of Family Farming. Numerous activities and actions were carried out, promoting the critical role family farmers play in agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production. Via Campesina, the globe’s largest federation of small farmers, published this analysis to put the campaign and the day to day challenges of […]

Seed Freedom and Food Democracy: An Open letter to Prime Minister Modi and President Obama from democratic, concerned citizens of India and the US

We, as concerned and democratic citizens of India, and the US, welcome the coming together of two of the largest democracies of the world to work together to protect the rights of their citizens and their biodiversity. Both nations were founded on the principles of freedoms of our people, and the unacceptability of colonialism and […]

This is what authentic fair trade looks like: Visiting Tierra Nueva co-op in Nicaragua by Dana Geffner

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We leave Granada and drive a few hours through a beautiful lush landscape, horses and cows line the side of the roads, people selling honey and fruit as we make our way to Boaco, in the central part of Nicaragua. We are on our way to visit one of Equal Exchange’s coffee co-op partners to […]

Addressing Synbio and Genetic Engineering in Fair Trade and Eco-Social Certification

On June 16, Fair World Project sent letters to Fair Trade USA (FTUSA), Fairtrade International (FLO), Institute for Market Ecology (IMO), and Rainforest Alliance asking them to state and improve their positions on genetic engineering and especially synthetic biology (synbio). Synbio is a technology that allows chemical companies to create ingredients in vats via synthetic […]

What is Food Sovereignty?

“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than […]

A ‘Naked’ Fair Wash?

So, Naked Juice is getting into the fair trade game, marketing a new fair trade coconut water drink. Great news, right? Not so fast. Naked Juice recently launched a fair trade coconut water drink, certified by Fair Trade USA (FTUSA), raising major concerns for fair trade consumers and advocates. For Fair World Project’s take on […]

Exploring Fair Trade Apparel Part 4

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The Apparel Industry in a Nutshell The tragic events in Bangladesh underscore that the apparel industry remains one of the most dangerous and abusive industries on the planet. From child labor on cotton plantations and impoverished cotton producers in West Africa, to dangerous working conditions and poverty wages throughout the Global South, including the Global […]