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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    December 3, 2014

    On Monday, we heard from Jenica Rosen who raises important questions about the Non GMO Project.  Jenica asks us to look into the companies that are supporting this initiative and consider their motives for doing so.  Encouraging us to “follow the money,” she urges shoppers to dig deeper into any certification or labeling system and then make their own decisions about the products and the companies they support with their consumer dollars.  Today, we hear from another Equal Exchange Sales Representative, Ellen Mickle, also based in our Portland, Oregon office.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    December 1, 2014

    The following press release comes from the Fair World Project.
    News came out last week that Bob Stiller, founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain) and still recognized as Chairman Emeritus, made a $10 million dollar grant to Fair Trade USA, a fair trade labeling organization on whose board Stiller sits. This is a challenge grant requiring $10 million additional dollars to be raised, bringing the total investment in Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) to $20 million.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    December 1, 2014

    If you shop at your local food co-op, Whole Foods, or a number of other natural food grocery stores you have probably seen this label.  One of the newest seals in the marketplace, this one attempts to assure shoppers that the product does not contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).  Unlike the mandatory GMO labeling laws which a number of states have been trying to pass at the polls, this initiative is seemingly noncontroversial.  Who can find fault with the pretty butterfly hanging out in nature’s green pastures?

  • Sara Fiore
    November 22, 2014
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    Need some help picking out gifts for friends, family or coworkers? We’ve got you covered! This year, give them something delicious and unique that supports small farmer co-ops worldwide. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Fair Trade things.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    November 18, 2014
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    In 2004, we launched a training program called Cooperation in Quality as a means to empower coffee cuppers within the cooperative supply chain with the knowledge necessary to produce specialty coffee. That first year we invited six cuppers from Nicaragua to Equal Exchange for a week of roasting and cupping coffee as a way to share information about how specialty coffees are selected and graded.
  • Carly Kadlec
    November 18, 2014
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  • Ruthie Oland
    November 17, 2014
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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    November 7, 2014

    Have you ever wondered where cashew nuts come from?  What do they look like when growing on the tree and how are they processed?
    Now you can stop wondering!  In this delightful, 3-minute video produced by Emily Buehler at the Weaver Street Market, in Carrboro, North Carolina from a powerpoint presentation we delivered to their staff in August, you can see each step in the process from tree to ready-to-eat nut.  The photos were taken at the Aprainores Cashew Co-op in San Vicente, El Salvador by Julia Hechtman.  (And a few by Mark DiMaggio and me).

  • Sara Fiore
    November 7, 2014
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