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  • Mildred Alvarado
    March 13, 2017
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    Last October, we welcomed organic banana farmer Mariana Cobos to the Twin Cities to celebrate our 10 year anniversary importing bananas from AsoGuabo Cooperative in Ecuador. “I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to tell my story about the true history of small-scale banana farmers,” Mariana said during the visit. That story is filled with the difficulties, the challenges, and the inequity that small-scale farmers face.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    June 18, 2013
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    Hello Summer! Humidity, sunshine and travel. If you are like most, your summer schedule is already filling up rapidly. With travel comes the hassle of meal planning on the go…..eating out more, grabbing junk food at the convenience store - we all do it. The past few years, I have challenged myself to continue to live out my principles of eating nutritious food, and eating food from companies and farmers that I believe in, while on the road. What? Is this possible in a world where most people can’t even eat this way in their home?

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    March 6, 2013
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    March is Equal Exchange Bananas Month! We are proud to be able to share our successes and challenges with you during March. Here are a few accomplishments.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    February 6, 2012

    You may have heard about food co-op general managers, employees, church members, or Equal Exchange staff making the trek down to the places where coffee, tea and cocoa are grown. In October of 2011, Equal Exchange took our first delegation to see a very different product: bananas!

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    January 25, 2011
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    What is a heart-healthy diet? A heart healthy diet is low in saturated and trans fats (mostly found in animal products), high in omega-3 fatty acids (ex: olive oil, fish), high in fiber, and low in salt and sugar. Do not forget healthy unsaturated fats (mostly found in plant based oils such as nuts), as these fats are very important to consume in moderation as part of a heart-healthy diet. To help you out, we created a fun Heart-Healthy, Small Farmer Breakfast-In-Bed menu.

  • Phyllis Robinson
    October 8, 2009
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    The road heading south between Guayaquil and Machala, on the coast of Ecuador, is lined with banana plantations. Endless rows of green banana plants stretch as far as the eye can see. Economic activity in this tropical region revolves almost exclusively around banana production and export. In fact, Ecuador is one of the world's largest banana exporting countries.