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African Self-Empowerment Through Fair Trade Shea Butter

By Olowo-n’djo Tchala, Founder, Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care http://www.alaffia.com March 1, 2011   For the past 500 years trade with the continent of Africa has been unbalanced and in conjunction with rampant corruption and lack of democratic control, has led to the paralysis of economies across Africa.  As a result  Africa, with some of the richest […]

The True Cost of Bananas

by Phyllis Robinson   Usually, I buy Equal Exchange organic, Fair Trade bananas. I work there. I looked for a bunch the other day at my neighborhood coop, but they were out of stock. A month earlier, I might have reached for Dole’s organic bananas. But I’d just returned from northern Peru, where I visited […]

Maggie s Organics The Fabric of Humanity

By Bena Burda, Founder, Maggie’s Organics http://www.maggiesorganics.com March 1, 2011   Maggie’s Organics has been making high-quality durable and affordable socks and apparel since 1992.  We began quite by accident, when we learned the truth behind conventional cotton working with an organic corn farmer in Texas. Before founding Maggie’s, I was working with the farmer to […]

The Challenges of Certification for Fair Trade Crafts

By Tony Hall, Fair Trade Consultant   Introduction There is increasing consumer demand for products in mainstream stores and supermarkets that are produced without exploiting workers, children and the environment. This is consistent with the principles of fair trade (FT), and is essentially a requirement to know about the supply chain from field or workshop […]

Chocolate: the Bitter and the Sweet

International Labor Rights Fund

By Kai HuschkeMarch 1, 2011   Cocoa beans – the central character of the long story of chocolate – are actually not beans at all but seeds of the cocoa fruit. Cocoa trees grow in equatorial regions of the Caribbean, West Africa, Southeast Asia and Central and South America.  They typically produce two harvests per […]

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 […]