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Fair Trade Sprouting Hope in Palestine

By Vivien SansourAug 23, 2010   There is nothing better than a cup of black tea brewed with Palestinian wild sage for an afternoon break! Sipping tea with Abu Saleh under the shade of his olive tree, one can understand in a deep way what it means to be a fair trade farmer and the […]

To Tell the Truth: Who Owns Fair Trade

Photo Credit: Scott Robertson

By Phyllis Robinson, Education and Campaign Manager, Equal ExchangeMarch 1, 2011   When TransFair USA announced last fall that it was changing its name to Fair Trade USA, an immediate and on-going tsunami of outrage and indignation burst through the Fair Trade community. Alternative Trade Organizations, 100% Fair Trade roasters, student, religious, and consumer activists, […]

Fair Trade in the North

Domestic Fair Trade enters the market By Sue Kastensen   I love to eat fresh organic strawberries. In the summer I buy them from local family-farm producers here in rural Wisconsin, but in the winter I must source them from afar, which is when my decision to eat strawberries gets tough.  I understand that the […]

The Many Faces of Fair Trade

By Jocelyn Boreta, Fair Trade Retail Program Director, Global ExchangeMarch 1, 2011   In the movement to distinguish fair trade crafts from mass manufactured global goods we strive to know the faces of production. The weathered faces of women weaving in the highlands; families gathered together around workshop tables carrying on a traditional art; teams […]

FWP s Statement on Fair Trade USA s Resignation from Fairtrade International (FLO)

By Ryan Zinn   Fair trade is a social movement and market model that aims to empower small-scale farmers and their communities in underdeveloped countries to create an alternative trading system that supports equitable trading, sustainable development and long-term trading relationships. Fair trade supports fair prices and wages for producers, safe working conditions, investment in […]

Creating Sustainable Livelihoods in the Indian Himalayas

By Rashmi BhartiAug 23, 2010   Avani is a voluntary organization that has been working in the Kumaon region of the Indian Himalayas for the past thirteen years. Avani began its journey as the Kumaon chapter of the Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan in 1997 and was registered as Avani in 1999. The work of Avani […]

Fair Trade vs. Conventional Free Trade: An Introduction

By Ryan Zinn, Campaign Director, Fair World ProjectMarch 1, 2011   Humans have traded with one another since the beginning of civilization. Trade gives us access to new foods, products and experiences, and creates economic opportunity and markets. Trade touches us all and has created incredible wealth for some; yet many remain impoverished and disenfranchised. […]

Maya Vinic: Moving from Tragedy to Triumph

By Monika Firl, Cooperative Coffees, Producer Relations Manager                   Photo Credit: Monika Firl If you have ever been to the headquarters of the coffee producers’ cooperative Maya Vinic in Acteal, Chiapas – you understand the powerful, positive impact genuine fair trade relationships can have on the lives […]

Going Fair Trade

The Challenges of Setting Up Sustainable and Fair Supply Chains – and Getting Them Certified By David Bronner, President, Dr. Bronner’s Magic SoapsAug 23, 2010   Being responsible to the people we work with has always been a pillar of Dr. Bronner’s business philosophy. In 2002, we decided to expand that philosophy to our supply […]

Swanton Berry Farm Promotes Labor Rights and Fair Trade

By Sandy BrownMarch 1, 2011   After years of pioneering organic production methods for strawberries, Swanton Berry Farm founder Jim Cochran turned his attention to the farm labor question, becoming the first organic grower in the country to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers union in 1998. In doing so, Cochran led the […]