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Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else

For a Better World

Contributing Writer Ryan Zinn Record-breaking heat waves, long-term drought, “100-year floods” in consecutive years, and increasingly extreme superstorms are becoming the new normal. The planet is now facing an unprecedented era of accelerating and intensifying global climate change, with negative impacts already being widely felt. While global climate change will impact nearly everyone and everything, […]

Seed Freedom and Food Democracy

seed freedom

An Open Letter By Dr. Vandana Shiva What follows is an excerpt from a longer open letter by Dr. Vandana Shiva to heads of state in both India and the U.S. outlining her case for seed sovereignty. The letter was written on the eve of a proposed agreement between the two countries that would threaten […]

Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

Former EPA Senior Scientist’s New Article Sets Record Straight Contributing Writer David Bronner Michael Specter’s articles in the New Yorker bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods (“Seeds of Doubt” and “The Problem with GMO Labels,” 8/25/14) are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique […]

International Guide to Fair Trade Labels

International Guide to Fair Trade Labels

A reference tool to better understand the guarantees of fair trade labels, standards, monitoring measures and how they differ from sustainability labels By the French Fair Trade Platform Why are labels necessary to guarantee fair trade practices? How are the ten basic fair trade principles integrated into fair trade programs? With which requirements must traders […]

Policy Reform Corner: Globalization, NAFTA and Migration from Mexico

policy reform corner

Contributing Writer David Bacon “We come to the U.S. to work because we can’t get a price for our product at home. There’s no alternative.” — Rufino Dominguez, Director of the Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants When NAFTA was passed two decades ago, its boosters promised it would bring “first world” status for the […]

The Struggle for Fairness At Sakuma Brothers


Contributing Writer: Ian Alexander There are many problems plaguing the modern food system. With its reliance on chemical pesticides, practices leading to soil exhaustion, and the rampant exploitation of workers (particularly migrant workers), the U.S. industrial food system must be transformed into something more just, humane and sustainable. Dominated by the principle of private profit, […]

Ag-gag Laws: A Threat to Us All


Contributing Writer: Ryan Fletcher In his article “Fairness for Farmworkers and Farm Animals” in Issue 8 of For A Better World, Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States, recalled Upton Sinclair’s century-old, best-selling novel, The Jungle. Shapiro noted how the book, which he described as “reporting […]

Trade Aid: Handmade Change

Trade Aid

Contributing Writer Geoff White Trade Aid has firmly established itself as the original and largest fair trade organization to operate in New Zealand. With New Zealand’s  population of only 4.3 million people, Trade Aid has had to evolve into a multi-category and multi-channel distributor in order to maintain consistent growth. Group annual sales now reach […]

Guayaki Invites You to “Share the Gourd” to Empower Indigenous Communities


Contributing Writer Kat Schuett You may have heard about yerba mate, and perhaps even experienced its “feel-good effect,” a combination of the caffeine boost of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate. In South America, however, mate is more than just a beverage. For centuries, indigenous people have shared a gourd […]

Fair Trade in the Global North: Domestic Fair Trade Association Evaluates an Emerging Landscape


Contributing Writer Colette Cosner Over the last year, fair trade certifiers, previously focused on the Global South, have begun to turn their attention to food operations in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to an upswell of local food initiatives — living wage victories, GMO debates and farmworker rights campaigns — people are starting to acknowledge […]