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  • Ruthie Oland
    October 12, 2015
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  • Equal Exchange
    October 9, 2015
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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 8, 2015

    On Christmas Eve 2014, journalists working at the Guardian received the following email from their editor,  Alan Rusbridger.
    It read:

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 6, 2015

    Last August, Equal Exchangers Meghan, Casey, Jim, Ellen, and Lincoln joined the ranks of hundreds of other activists doing their part to stop Shell Oil from drilling in the Arctic.  (If you didn’t have a chance to read their gripping stories of the Shell No! Greenpeace action in Portland, click here to do so!)
    So, congratulations to our Equal Exchange West Coast team, and all the other kayaktivists, general activists, and other leaders for winning the fight!  Shell has abandoned plans to drill for extreme oil off the coast of Alaska!!

  • Equal Exchange
    October 6, 2015
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    At Equal Exchange, we believe that “Fair Trade” means “small farmer,” and our relationships with tea growers reflect that. Our tea comes from democratically organized small farmer groups, not plantations or estates. We work directly with farmer groups to pay them a fair price for their tea, offer affordable credit and solve problems collaboratively. The traditional tea market favors large plantations and their wealthy owners, and puts workers in poverty, without agency and with little hope for their futures.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 5, 2015

    During Pope Francis’ much heralded visit to the U.S. last week, he gave top priority to the pressing issues of economic disparity and injustice, and the threat that climate change poses to humanity and to the planet.  In his speeches before Congress and again at the United Nations, Pope Francis urged world leaders to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act quickly to take steps to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to this crisis.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 2, 2015

    Interested in Fair Trade certifications but still confused about the difference between Fair Trade International and the Small Producer Symbol?  Read a brief synopsis from Fair World Project of a new article by Patrick Clark and Ian Hussey which compares the two.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    September 30, 2015

    “It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet.”
    ― Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
     

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    September 29, 2015
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    Happy International Coffee Day!

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    September 28, 2015

    By Leif Rawson-Ahern, Tea Supply Chain Developer
    On September 8, the BBC posted a heartbreaking account of the living and working conditions at the Doomur Dullung plantation, in Assam, India. BBC journalists uncovered tea plantation workers and their families living and working in shocking conditions. They found workers living in dilapidated homes with no access to toilets and drinking water contaminated by raw sewage. Child labor violations, dangerous working conditions, and rampant malnutrition and disease were all too-commonly reported and verified.

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