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Action Alert: Support Small Coffee Farmers! Stop fair trade coffee plantations

Author: Fair World Project  November 28, 2011   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 […]

How do you know it

Author: N/AAug 15, 2010   Jeff Geipel shops for groceries with an eagle eye. The Vancouver waiter is looking for labels showing that the items he buys are made with good labour practices, environmental sustainability, democratic practices and fair prices paid to farmers and producers. For Mr. Geipel, the executive director of Fair Trade Vancouver, […]

Fair deal for shrimpers

Author: Bangkok Post August 15, 2011   Shrimp farmers in Prachuap Khiri Khan province hope that their hard work over the past four years will help them win credentials from the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International some time next year. Mr Decha uses gutweed, which absorbs waste and helps improve water quality to prevent disease and […]

Action Alert: Tell Starbucks and Green Mountain to Support Small Fair Trade Farmers

Author: Fair World Project April 17, 2012   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” has been a major point of contention in Fair Trade USA’s split from Fairtrade International (FLO).  For more on […]

CNN Covers “The dark side of chocolate”

Author: CNNApril 11, 2011   CNN’s Richard Quest talks to filmmaker U. Roberto Romano, whose documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate” investigates child labor and cocoa fields in the Ivory Coast. Read a statement from the Global Chocolate and Cocoa Industry |From the International Cocoa Initiative But before you bite into a chocolate bar or take […]

A schism over Fair Trade

Author: Marc Gunther May 13, 2012   Paul Rice is a man on a mission. The 51-year-old president and CEO of Fair Trade USA, who has led the group since 1998, says he wants the practice of Fair Trade to become bigger, engaging more consumers and helping more farmers around the world. To that end, […]

TransFair and Avon Hit for “FairWashing”

Author: Jack Neff/AdAge June 16, 2011   Up to now, personal-care brands have been calling themselves “fair trade” when as little as 2% of their ingredients are sourced that way. The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus doesn’t think that’s fair. The industry self-regulatory body recommended TransFair USA, which licenses “Fair […]

CLAC Communique on the Fair Trade Situation in the United States

Author: WFTO October 10, 2011   www.clac-comerciojusto.orgCOMMUNIQUÉ ON THE FAIR TRADE SITUATION  IN THE UNITED STATES– a look back at the last six months Directed to: Members of Small Producer Organisations In Latin America and the Caribbean Dear SPO members and other stakeholders, As you know, Fairtrade USA (previously known as TRANSFAIR USA) announced its […]

Fair Trade USA

October 19, 2011   Paul Rice, President and CEO Fair Trade USA 1500 Broadway, Suite 400 Oakland, CA 94612   Dear Paul:   I am writing on behalf of the Fair World Project (“FWP”), a project of the Organic Consumers Association which, as you know, is the nation’s largest network of green and ethical consumers.  […]