Agroecology. Food sovereignty. Food systems. This might not be everyday vocabulary, but these concepts relate to some very basic questions regarding our everyday food choices: Where does food come from? Who owns it? How is it produced? What affect does food production have on the earth? Here's a quick run-down of what these terms mean:
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August 21, 2008Equal Exchange
August 6, 2008Ashley Symons
It's a question Dr. Phil Howard, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, has spent a lot of time trying to answer. Howard's research focuses on the food system, the changes occurring within that system, and how those changes affect communities.
May 30, 2008Equal Exchange
Iced coffee is tricky business. Making a refreshing summer coffee drink might sound easy, but it actually requires some technique. For best results, you can't just brew your coffee, pour it over ice and kazaam! Iced coffee is made! So, what is the best way to make iced coffee?
March 20, 2008Ashley Symons
Eulalia Palomino made a choice early in her life not to follow in her mother's footsteps. "I had a father who drank a lot and mistreated my mother. I said I wasn't going to be like her," Palomino said. "So, I decided to work for women in rural areas - women who are very put down."
February 6, 2008Equal Exchange
"Cacao" is the bean that comes from the cacao tree, which is known by the scientific name of Theobroma cacao. Cacao pods - large football-shaped fruits - grow off the trunk and limbs of the cacao tree, and cacao beans are found inside the pods. The beans are harvested, fermented and dried. They are then cleaned and roasted, after which point the products are often referred to as "cocoa." In other words, "cocoa" is what the bean is called after it has been processed.
February 5, 2008Equal Exchange
We'll walk you through how to smell and taste your chocolate like a pro.
February 5, 2008Rodney North
For many, Halloween is all about candy, and A LOT of that will be chocolate. In fact, in the U.S. alone adults will spend over a billion dollars on millions of pounds of candy to be handed out on Halloween.
February 5, 2008Ashley Symons
Over the centuries, cultures have used cacao as a base to mix with other ingredients and flavors to make delicious drinks. European or classic drinking chocolates (made with chocolate and not just cocoa powder), spicy or Aztec, and Mexican traditional are all styles created in different regions of the world with different influences. Read on to learn a more about the history and inspiration behind the hot cocoas we love today.
March 9, 2006Rink Dickinson
Over the past decade the Fair Trade movement has experienced an unimaginable level of success. As Fair Trade grows and mainstreams over the next few years, there will be an increasing struggle to control its definition. Some changes have already taken place that are influencing its future direction. Several years ago, in a controversial move, one of the two Fair Trade certifiers changed a key requirement when they constructed the Fair Trade model for tea.