Wed, May 7, 2014 - 8:42pm

Fair Trade Now! Buy Fair, Vote Fair!

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 7, 2014

It’s Fair Trade Month and this Saturday, May 10th  is Fair Trade Day.  Appropriately, today we received this alert from the AFL – CIO.   They are asking folks to share the graphic below with friends and family on facebook and twitter.
Their news is as follows:
Thousands of people are in D.C. today to call on Congress to support fair trade and a 21st century economy that works for everyone—not just corporations.

Tue, May 6, 2014 - 1:48pm

Happy World Fair Trade Day from our Banana Team!

Small Farmers, Big Change
May 6, 2014

There are no two ways around it: Equal Exchange is experiencing a tricky and protracted period of disruption in banana supply. Equal Exchange works with independent 3rd parties along our chain, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Our reason for existence is to purchase bananas fairly from small-scale producers while challenging the undemocratic nature of the multinational model. Our goal is to also supply consistent and quality bananas on the store level.While upsets in our chain may be common, they tend to be isolated blips that we work hard to minimize.

Sun, Apr 20, 2014 - 8:04am

The SPP has Arrived: Another great way to support small farmers while drinking your morning (afternoon or evening) coffee!

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 20, 2014

Do you support small farmers?  Do you drink coffee; not just any coffee, but delicious, well-balanced, highly crafted blends of organic coffee?  Then you will want to look for these Equal Exchange SPP-certified blends at your local food co-operative or natural food store.  Click here to learn more about the Small Producer Symbol (SPP), what it stands for, why it was created, and how you can join with us to support small farmers throughout the world.

Join Equal Exchange and small farmer organizations in the Authentic Fair Trade Revolution!

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 - 7:28am

What do food labels tell us about what we’re eating?

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 17, 2014

How much do you  know about what’s really behind the different food labels we use when choosing which products to buy?
Confused about the difference between “organic” and “all “natural”?  “Free range”, “cage free”, “natural”, and “organic”?
What about free trade vs fair trade?
How do the top three Fair Trade certification systems, Fairtrade International, Fair for Life, and Fair Trade USA rank in terms of their labeling criteria, level of producer involvement, social justice standards, and overall integrity?

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 - 11:26am

The Other Fair Trade: Why Equitable Bananas Matter

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 14, 2014

For all of you who couldn’t make the first Fair Trade Banana Conference held by Equal Exchange last month here in Boston, I encourage you to read this blog post by Aliza Wasserman.  Aliza has done a great job summarizing some of the main concerns facing small banana producers, alternative traders, and committed stores and consumers, that were discussed during our two day conference.  You can also read more about the conference and ideas for follow-up here.


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