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A Decade of Prosperity in Ghana


Contributing Writers: Carrie Hawthorne & Kristin Johnson Global Mamas is struggling with success. That may sound like a strange statement from an organization celebrating a ten-year anniversary, but it is true nonetheless. We have grown from six women entrepreneurs earning a steady living wage, to nearly 600 women producing handmade apparel, accessories, jewelry and shea [...]

Why We Need Labels on Food from Factory Farms


Contributing Writer Ronnie Cummins It was not long ago that consumers knew where their food came from. Most of it, including meat, dairy and eggs, came from backyards and neighborhood family farms. But today, after decades of consolidation, 95% of our meat, dairy and eggs comes from industrial “factory farms” or, to use industry lingo, [...]

Trade Policy Reform Corner


The Foodopoly, Trade and Democracy Contributing Writer: Wenonah Hauter “OUR FOOD SYSTEM IS BROKEN!” It is a rallying cry for foodies everywhere, but what does it mean? Sometimes, it is a plea to shop locally, or to buy organic. But none of these shopping choices alone gets to the heart of our broken food system [...]

Fairness for Farmworkers and Farm Animals


Contributing Writer Paul Shapiro More than a century ago, Upton Sinclair shocked the nation with his groundbreaking and best-selling novel, The Jungle, reporting on life for immigrant workers in Chicago’s harrowing meat-packing industry. Sinclair described workers slaving in unsafe, unsanitary and unforgiving conditions in the packing plants, as well as tremendous suffering endured by the [...]

Transparency for Consumers on Eco-Social Labels

Contributing Writer David Bronner Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has been battling the systemic “fairwashing” that various certifiers and their licensees have been engaging in, as far as using front-panel “Fair Trade” seals on products with minor fair trade content. In 2013, we helped bring fair trade leaders, including Whole Foods Market, Fair World Project and [...]

Sugar – All That Can Be, Should Be Fair Trade

Sugar – All That Can Be, Should Be Fair Trade

Contributing Writer Nigel Willerton The global conventional sugar market is large and complex. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), estimated production in 2014 will exceed 175 million metric tonnes. That will be significantly more than global consumption which they estimate at 168 million metric tonnes. This large sugar surplus has depressed world [...]

Small-Scale Family Farming Supports Life


Contributing WriterLa Via Camesina To kick off the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, the European Commission (EC) recently organized a conference in Brussels. La Via Campesina (LVC) sent male and female farmer leaders from India, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Argentina, United States, Mali, Morocco, Italy, France, Croatia, Romania, Spain and Norway. LVC leaders defended our vision [...]

The Non-GMO Supply Side at Whole Foods Market


Contributing Writer Errol Schweizer Despite the narrow defeat of I-522 in Washington state last year, the momentum for GMO transparency is stronger than ever. At Whole Foods Market, we undoubtedly see that consumers want alternatives to GMOs, and they want clear and honest labeling from their food producers. We drew our line in the sand [...]

Fair Trade – A Global Challenge

Fair Trade - A Global Challenge

Contributing Writer: Andrea Fütterer After more than thirty-five years of focusing on the first of GEPA´s three mission statements, “to promote disadvantaged producers in the South,” GEPA is now paying attention to the growing socia l and economic imbalances in northern countries, the so-called “developed countries.” There is growing awareness among consumers and the public [...]

Roots in Revolution

Roots in Revolution

Contributing Writer: Nicholas Hoskyns Nicaragua’s revolution triumphed on July 19, 1979. The Sandinistas came to power, having overthrown the Somoza dictatorship. The revolution won the hearts of the vast majority of Nicaraguans and caught the imagination of the world. In the initial years, there were huge and rapid advances in education and health and, importantly, [...]