Newsletter 148: No Longer Secret, But Still Not Fair!

Fair World Project: For A Better World

No Longer Secret, But Still Not Fair!
(November 17th 2015)

Direct Trade is Fair Trade (Without the Other 8 Principles)

We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again now. Fair trade is a movement. It’s a movement of empowerment and transformation. Direct trade is a marketing initiative without cohesion, and direct trade means different things to different people. If you are wondering about the difference between direct trade and fair trade and how to choose an ethical cup of coffee, the short story is that to buy the most “ethical” or “best” coffee you need to look at what the roaster is doing.

So please, find a roaster who provides a good cup of coffee, but let’s not pretend there is any correlation between high quality coffee and making the world a better place. If you want transformation, get involved with the fair trade movement.

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Then tweet the article using this text to keep the conversation going:

Can high quality transform the #coffee sector? Read the assessment by @fairworldprj and join the conversation:

TPP Promotes Industrial Agriculture; Marginalizes

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), if passed, would promote everything unsustainable about our current system including industrial agriculture, big agribusiness, and highly processed food, and undermine food sovereignty and local efforts to create sustainable food systems. The industrial food system marginalizes small-scale farmers, produces food that is less healthy, and contributes to climate change not just through the obvious on-farm emissions, but also through less visible means like producing packaging for all that processed food. The bottom line is any commitments made next month at the COP21 talks in Paris could be meaningless under free trade agreements like the TPP.

And it’s not just food and the environment that will be negatively impacted. Doctors, nurses, and public health advocates warn it will hurt public health and impair providers’ ability to provide quality healthcare. Faith groups, LGBT advocates, defenders of democracy, and others are all registering their outrage.

Read more on our blog.
Then take action to Stop the TPP.
If you are in DC this week, join the call to action against corporate domination and the TPP.

Carbon Credits: What Do You Think?

Carbon credits have long been a controversial component of government policy and international climate agreements. Development organizations are now getting into the carbon credit game to work on climate change as a way to generate funds for agricultural and community projects.

Proponents say this is a good way to shift resources from those most responsible for creating climate change to those most vulnerable to its impact, at least until better mechanisms are developed.

Opponents say carbon credits distract us from looking for longer term solutions, deeper cuts, and system change.

We want to know what you think.

Read more about the pros and cons of carbon credits and send us an email with Carbon Credits in the subject or tweet us. Your comments may be published in an upcoming issue of For A Better World.

Not Too Late!

Darden is the country’s largest restaurant owner. Most of us will end up at one of their restaurants at some point in our lives where we have little choice over the food we eat, how it is produced, or how the workers who prepare and serve it are treated. That’s why we need them to commit now to a shift in their purchasing policy and practices. It is not too late to add your name to a petition demanding they following good food purchasing practices.

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