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POLICY CORNER: National Landscape on the Minimum Wage

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Contributing Writer Yanet Lathrop These are exciting times for those of us working to increase the earnings of low-wage workers. Strong public support for higher wages, building on local and state initiatives and victories – and even a new federal bill – all point to the incredible momentum that the minimum wage is currently enjoying. […]

Farmworkers and the History of U.S. Labor Law

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Contributing Writer Ryan Zinn At the height of the Great Depression, workers in the United States organized and created huge momentum to obtain historic “New Deal” laws, including the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Both laws made significant improvements to legal protections for many U.S. workers, including the […]

The Sweet Revolution

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Contributing Writer Andres Gonzalez Aguilera In 1975, in the Republic of Paraguay, the Cooperativa Manduvira Ltda., a credit union with thirty-nine partners, was founded for the purpose of facilitating access to credit for small producers and teachers. After overcoming a few financial difficulties, in 1990 it changed its bylaws to become Cooperativa de Producción Agroindustrial, […]

DEBATE: Should the Fair Trade Model Accommodate Hired Labor on Large-scale Farms

Introduction by Fair World Project with opinions from Rob Everts, Rosa Guamán and Tim Beaty The fair trade movement was born from small-scale organized producers working in solidarity with Global North consumers, activists and alternative trading organizations, together pursuing the goal of creating a fair and transformational trading system. Small-scale producers are a core part […]

Certification: A Tool with Limits

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Contributing Writer Kerstin Lindgren Certification labels for consumer products are a tool that serve, on the surface, a simple purpose: to distinguish products that otherwise appear similar from one another. A conventional apple and an organic apple may taste and look identical, but a consumer may wish to choose the organic apple based on the […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]