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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    November 30, 2016

    Dear Friends,
    To continue reading news from Equal Exchange, our farmer partners, and our friends, allies, and partners in the North, please go to: http://www.Equalexchange.coop/blog.
    Thanks!
    Phyllis

  • Equal Exchange
    November 30, 2016

    It may seem like a distant memory at this point, but you may recall that Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April of 2016. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the town of Muisne – a community that is part of our partner organization UOPROCAE, or the Union of Producers of Cacao of Arriba Esmeraldas. One of the cities that suffered the worst infrastructure damage was Portoviejo, close to our other cacao partner organization Fortaleza del Valle. We reached out immediately to both groups and were very relieved to learn that there were no fatalities among the members and staff of the UOPROCAE or Fortaleza del Valle. However, damage to personal property and the property belonging to the farmer organizations is significant and will be slow to fully rebuild.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    November 23, 2016

    Four years ago, the Equal Exchange banana team launched an avocado program knowing little about the avocado market and the realities of the industry in the U.S. We started our work in avocados because we met a small farmer co-op fighting for market access in an industry where farmer voices were absent. Equal Exchange has always had a non-traditional approach in the way that we craft our producer relationships and introduce new products. Not the typical, “there is a need in the market, let’s fill it;” instead we build through relationships.

  • Rink Dickinson
    November 23, 2016
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    I want to start by sharing about my personal politics.

    I am a democratic socialist, an electoral aficionado, and someone who thinks a lot about U.S. and world history. My voting history is varied; at times I have voted for the Democratic Party, as well as third parties. And not that long ago I voted for a Republican for Senate in my state of Rhode Island. I have voted with and without excitement. 

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    November 23, 2016

    The following article was written by Rink Dickinson, President of Equal Exchange
    I want to start by sharing about my personal politics.
    I am a democratic socialist, an electoral aficionado, and someone who thinks a lot about U.S. and world history. My voting history is varied; at times I have voted for the Democratic Party, as well as third parties. And not that long ago I voted for a Republican for Senate in my state of Rhode Island. I have voted with and without excitement.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    November 12, 2016

    The following article was written by Rob Everts, Co-President, Equal Exchange
    Devastating. Disorienting. Frightening.
    There’s no escaping it. Viscerally and pragmatically, the future looks really bleak as we absorb what transpired in this country last Tuesday.

  • Carly Kadlec
    November 8, 2016
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  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 20, 2016

    Do you regularly purchase avocados at your local grocery store?  If so, have you noticed that it was not possible to purchase avocados from Mexico during the first two weeks of October?  Are you curious what’s behind this disruption in supply?

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 14, 2016

    On September 10th a fatal fire at the Tampaco Foil Packaging Factory in Bangladesh left 41 dead, 10 missing,  and 35 critically injured.  Over one month later, the families of the victims have received not one penny of compensation from the loss of their loved ones, nor one additional paycheck from the deceased workers’ salaries.  The factory made the packaging for the products of various multi-national companies including Nestle.

  • Peter Buck
    October 3, 2016
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    Equal Exchange worker-owner Peter Buck spoke at the July 23rd Nuns on the Bus rally in Boston. Get a recap of the event, plus watch a video of his speech.

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