• Phyllis_Robinson
    May 23, 2016

    The following post was written by Daniel Fireside, Equal Exchange Capital Coordinator
    What do interest rates have to do with the price of coffee? Why do we care and who decides these things anyway?
    As many of you know, coffee is a commodity and as such, is traded on the stock market.  The Fair Trade system broke from the New York “C” market and set up its own, higher prices. Direct relationships allow producers to negotiate contract prices with their buyers.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    May 17, 2016

    “I Support Fair Trade,” says the banner.  World Fair Trade Day isn’t just celebrated here in the North.  All over the world, small farmer organizations also celebrate World Fair Trade Day at fairs, festivals, and other events.  Last Friday, Brenda Ceren, of Aprainores and Eduardo Murcia, Treasurer of Aprainores’ Board of Directors joined small farmer coffee farmers at a Fair in San Salvador, sponsored by Fairtrade International and the Latin American Coordinating Body of Fair Trade Producers.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    May 17, 2016

    Call for Solidarity with the small farmers’ organization, NORANDINO
    (Piura, Peru)
    Last March 23, NORANDINO was decertified abruptly by the fair trade certification body FLO-Cert.
    NORANDINO is member of FUNDEPPO, Foundation of Organized Small Producers; the organization behind the SPP (Small Producers’ Symbol).
    NORANDINO, formerly known as CEPICAFÉ, is an organization with a history of twenty years as a pioneering and exemplary organization of small fair trade producers in the area of Piura, Peru.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    May 11, 2016

    I’m on my way to El Salvador and Honduras to visit our cashew co-op partners. Sadly, we got word last week that “unseasonable” rains and winds have destroyed 75% of this year’s cashew crop and the co-op in Salvador (Aprainores) has had to shut down their processing plant after just two weeks; laying off the 60 or so women whose income depends on the plant. Instead of the 60,000 or so pounds of cashews that Aprainores was planning to export this year, they will export nothing.
    Very sad indeed.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    May 6, 2016

    Photo by Kai Horstmann
    Dear Tea Drinkers,

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    May 5, 2016

    In honor of World Fair Trade Day, our friends at the Fair World Project have created this excellent 4-minute video that tells the story of authentic fair trade:  what it’s about; why it’s important to support organized small farmer co-operatives; and how we, consumers-citizens, can begin to take back our food system.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    April 27, 2016

    On March 3, 2016, environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras. Berta was internationally recognized for her leadership in opposing a World Bank-financed dam project that would have devastated the lands where she and other indigenous Lenca people live.  In 2015, she  was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    April 22, 2016

    Riobamba, Ecuador
    Mexico City, Mexico
    April 20, 2016


  • Phyllis_Robinson
    April 21, 2016

    On April 19th, WBEZ Chicago aired the following 19 minute radio interview about the conventional banana industry (owned and controlled by just a handful of multinational conglomerates like Dole and Chiquita) and the small farmer alternative which places small farmers, ethical retailers, and engaged consumers center stage in a growing movement.
    One banana:  Two very different paths.  Which one do you choose?
    The Banana Supply Chain And The Movement To Change It


    April 19, 2016

    Click here to hear the 19 minute radio broadcast.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    April 15, 2016

    We are so excited to announce that Beyond the Seal has been nominated for a Real Food Film award.
    The finalists of the contest will be judged in several categories, and one film will also be awarded the People’s Choice award. Watch a clipfrom Beyond the Seal and other food-based films, then cast your vote!

    Beyond the Seal filmmakers Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa.