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.
Equal ExchangeOctober 6, 2015Categories:
Small Farmers Big ChangeOctober 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 ChangeOctober 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.
A New Perspective on Combatting Climate Change: Support Soil & Small Farmers; Not Oil and Big Agriculture!Small Farmers Big ChangeSeptember 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 CaspersenSeptember 29, 2015Categories:
Happy International Coffee Day!
Small Farmers Big ChangeSeptember 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.
Leif Rawson-AhernSeptember 14, 2015Categories:
Small Farmers Big ChangeSeptember 10, 2015
What does it mean to create change with your everyday choices? We believe that something as simple as the coffee you drink or the chocolate you eat can have an effect on the planet and our global community, and you have the power to make that effect a positive one.
Ruthie OlandAugust 27, 2015
Ruthie OlandAugust 26, 2015Categories: