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Alternative Paths for Consumers’ Assurance


INTRODUCTION by Fair World Project The demand for certified organic and fair trade products is growing steadily. Consumers want assurance that the products they are buying meet the organic and fair trade standards they value. In recent years, third-party certification has dominated the marketplace for providing consumers with this assurance. However, this third-party model can […]

Policy Corner: A Few Reasons to Choose Fair Trade Over Free Trade

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Contributing Writer Kerstin Lindgren Free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are massive global contracts created to govern the rules of trade among numerous countries. Unlike the recent global climate agreement, which focuses on one topic and is essentially non-binding, free trade agreements cover many topics […]

Small-Scale Farmers Confront Climate Change

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Contributing Writer Ryan Zinn The industrial food system is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Industrial agriculture practices like Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), overuse and abuse of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and fossil fuel-intensive transportation all generate significant amounts of GHGs and underpin an inequitable and unhealthy food system. Conversely, small-scale […]

The Road to Friendship: A Food Co-op in a Community of Color

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Contributing Writer LaDonna Redmond Seward Community Co-op is a 42-year-old natural food cooperative located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seward Co-op has 15,000 owners, and it is looked upon as a leader among natural food cooperatives nationwide. Unique to Seward Co-op is its “Ends Statement,” which is similar to an organization’s mission statement. Developed by the board, […]

The Other Side of Green!

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Sweden Freezes Payments in Carbon Trade Deal Following Exposé on Global Company that has Cheated Local Communities and the Environment Contributing Writers Dr. Kristen Lyons & Dr. Peter Westoby The Paris climate talks at the end of 2015 no doubt left some feeling as though global politics might just have turned a little green. With […]

What a Fair Trade University Should Look Like

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Introduction Students can be powerful catalysts for change, both internally on their own campuses as well as externally by shifting policies and practices of the larger culture. In this article, Marco Coscione describes the Latin American Universities for Fair Trade movement as being built on the models of similar programs around the world, but led […]

Interview with Andrew Morgan: The Director of The True Cost

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The film The True Cost is a story about clothing. It is about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a […]

Craft Politics: Telling Important Stories through Handicrafts

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Contributing Writer Dana Geffner I visited communities in the most impoverished areas in the world, sat in people’s living rooms and lugged boxes for nearly a decade to learn and tell the stories of the people that made fair trade handicrafts.  I believed a high quality handicraft could tell the story of not only who […]

Climate Change: Coffee Farmers Feel the Heat

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Contributing Writer Harriet Lamb Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in The Huffington Post UK on June 10, 2015. Just a stone’s throw from my own office at Fairtrade International, negotiators at this week’s United Nations (UN) climate change talks in Bonn are working around the clock to hammer out a deal for the […]

Tipped Workers Win One Fair Wage in Los Angeles

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Contributing Writer Kathy Hoang In a city with one of the most unaffordable rents and a higher poverty rate than any other metropolitan area in the U.S., raising Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2020 is an historic victory that will uplift almost one million Angelinos who are currently living in poverty. […]