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World Fair Trade Week 2015 Announced

This year Milan will host the World Expo and in conjunction the World Fair Trade Week 2015 will be held May 23-31. As part of this week, the World Fair Trade Organization will hold their general assembly. Other events will include a fashion show, cooking events, and the 5th fair trade symposium. For more information […]

Newsletter 129: Join Vandana Shiva’s Call for Seed Freedom and Food Democracy!

Newsletter 129: Join Vandana Shiva’s Call for Seed Freedom and Food Democracy! -January 20th 2015 – Take Action for Seed Freedom and Food Democracy! Activist, author, and physicist Dr. Vandana Shiva has penned an open letter to India Prime Minister Modi and US President Obama making the case for seed freedom for farmers and food […]

Newsletter 128: Tell Major Restaurants and Grocery Stores That Farmworker Exploitation is Not OK

Newsletter 128: Tell Major Restaurants and Grocery Stores That Farmworker Exploitation is Not OK -December 17th 2014 – Take Action for Farmworkers on Fruit and Vegetable Farms in Mexico The Los Angeles Times recently published the start of a major investigative report confirming illegal, abusive, and unsafe conditions for farmworkers on farms in Mexico supplying […]

Newsletter 127: A $10 Million Dollar Blow to Fair Trade

Small Farmers

Newsletter 127: A $10 Million Dollar Blow to Fair Trade -December 2nd 2014 – A $10 Million Dollar Blow to Fair Trade: How a Grant to Fair Trade USA May Take Down a Movement News came out last week that Bob Stiller, founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain) and still recognized […]

Newsletter 126: We Still Have More To Do Together

FWP for Climate Justice - Sep. 2014

Newsletter 126: We Still Have More To Do Together -November 17th 2014 – We have made progress this year but there is still lots to be done. First, the signs of progress. Fair trade is growing, but fair brands are growing faster. That is, brands that are committed to fair trade principles at every level […]

Newsletter 125: Time to Remind Congress We Don’t Want Another NAFTA Disaster

Food Workers Week November 23-29th

Tell Congress We Still Reject Fast Track It is increasingly clear that farmers, working families, public health, and the environment are all at risk under the current NAFTA-like trade agreements being pushed by corporate lobbyist and Big Ag. And since most of us want more safe and secure job options, market access for small-scale farmers, […]

EPA Taking Comments on Protecting Agriculture Workers

The EPA is now taking comments (Through August 18, 2014) on its proposed rule Pesticides: Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. Though the proposed rule will strengthen safety standards for the millions of farmworkers who work with or near pesticides on farms, farmworker advocates like the Farmworker Association of Florida and CATA-the Farmworker Support Committee point out […]

Committed Organizations Respond to Fair Trade Research

In response to the recent report Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda, over 100 committed producers, traders, and advocates, both individuals and organizations, issued a statement in support of fair trade. The report found that wage laborers on fair trade farms and plantations in Uganda and Ethiopia were no better off than […]

Fair World Project’s Statement in Response to the “Fair Trade Employment and Poverty Reduction in Uganda and Ethiopia Report”

The Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction Project (FTEPR) released its final report on its four-year research into agricultural labor in Ethiopia and Uganda this past April. One of the main conclusions of this report was that wages among workers in fair trade certified operations were on average lower, and working conditions no better or […]

Report on Fair Trade Labor in Ethiopia and Uganda Released

The Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction Project released its final report on its four-year research into agricultural labor in Ethiopia and Uganda.  One of the main findings of this report was that wages among workers in fair trade certified operations were on average lower and working conditions no better or sometimes worse than on farms […]