Tue, Jan 2, 2018 - 11:09am

Cozy Up: Book and Film Picks for the New Year

Ashley Symons
January 2, 2018

With the start of a new year often comes reflection and resolution: eat healthier, save money, cook more. It's also really cold and dark in much of the country, which can mean increased time spent indoors. In this spirit, we'd thought we'd share some film and book recommendations from our Action Forum community.

Tue, Dec 19, 2017 - 10:21am

Connecting Over Food

Equal Exchange
December 19, 2017

For many years Equal Exchange has told the story of our worker cooperative, the story of our producer partners, but what stories make up the community of customers, activists and allies that we are building together through the newly launched Action Forum? Who are they? What are they doing out in the world? How can we begin to build one story together?

Mon, Dec 11, 2017 - 3:28pm

Creating Space for Farmers in the Craft Chocolate Movement

Laura Bechard
December 11, 2017

As rain drizzled down from slate grey skies, thousands of visitors took refuge inside Smith Cove at Pier 91 to attend the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle. The festival has been a staple of the city’s events scene since 2008. This year, the chocolate team at Equal Exchange participated in the festival workshops and unconference from Nov. 9-12.

Fri, Dec 8, 2017 - 3:29pm

Update on Honduran Election

Carly Kadlec
December 8, 2017

This week I was supposed to visit our producer partners at Café Orgánico Marcala S.A. (COMSA) in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras, along with Equal Exchange Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen, to discuss milling practices, contracts, and ongoing project work with our counterparts at COMSA. However, due to political unrest we decided to reschedule our trip so as not to put any of our partners at risk, and recognizing that our work could be put on hold while the Honduran people are fighting for democracy.

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 1:46pm

Eat, Drink and Be Mindful

Ashley Symons
December 4, 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a wave of consumption. We’re surrounded by food, drinks, gifts, travel - things that can add up to an increased carbon footprint. So, what can we do to be more sustainable during the holidays and even to use our purchasing power for good? Here are some tips to help us be conscious consumers during this busy holiday season:

Mon, Nov 27, 2017 - 2:37pm

Palestinian Olive Oil: The Struggle to Build Markets for Small Farmers Under Occupation

Equal Exchange
November 27, 2017

Last month, we traveled to the West Bank to visit our Palestinian suppliers of organic extra virgin olive oil. At Equal Exchange, we are more than familiar with the daunting challenges and obstacles confronting cooperatives of small farmers growing coffee, cacao, and many other products. To those, we need to add all the constraints of physical movement and access to water that are everyday realities for Palestinian farmers given the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 - 9:17am

Member Profile: Meet Kai

Equal Exchange
November 14, 2017

Hello everyone! My name is Kai Kyles, and I’m deeply inspired and humbled by the work of Equal Exchange and the Action Forum. I became involved with the Forum after I joined Equal Exchange in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, last November for an incredible presentation about who controls our food system and how we can organize ourselves as citizen-consumers to create a more just, sustainable and democratic food system that works for farmers, workers, and consumers.

Tue, Nov 7, 2017 - 2:03pm

My Month in Ecuador

Ravdeep Jaidka
November 7, 2017

As the banana buyer for Equal Exchange, this September, I got the opportunity to work and live alongside Guabo, a small farmer banana co-operative in southern Ecuador. Guabo is Equal Exchange’s longest banana partner; the two organizations have worked together for over 10 years to bring Fair Trade, organic bananas from small-scale growers to the U.S. marketplace.

Tue, Oct 31, 2017 - 10:33am

What's Behind Your Halloween Chocolate?

Ashley Symons
October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! This year, it's expected that Halloween candy sales will reach a record $2.75 billion in retail sales.​ According to the National Confectioners Association, Halloween is the biggest holiday for seasonal candy sales, accounting for about 34 percent of seasonal candy sales (outnumbering Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day). And, i​f you took all the candy that’s sold during Halloween week​, it would equal about 300,000 tons or two pounds of candy per American!


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