Need some help picking out gifts for friends, family or coworkers? We’ve got you covered! This year, give them something delicious and unique that supports small farmer co-ops worldwide. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Fair Trade things.
Have you ever wondered where cashew nuts come from? What do they look like when growing on the tree and how are they processed?
Now you can stop wondering! In this delightful, 3-minute video produced by Emily Buehler at the Weaver Street Market, in Carrboro, North Carolina from a powerpoint presentation we delivered to their staff in August, you can see each step in the process from tree to ready-to-eat nut. The photos were taken at the Aprainores Cashew Co-op in San Vicente, El Salvador by Julia Hechtman. (And a few by Mark DiMaggio and me).
Consumers buy fair trade products because they think they are supporting positive social change with their dollars. We firmly believe that this is the case with many Fair Trade products, at least those which are sourced from small farmer co-operatives. (Such as all Equal Exchange coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, avocados, olive oil, cashews, dried fruit, and other products.)
By Daniel Fireside, Capital Coordinator
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
A visit to Mexico brings together three parts of one complete cooperative supply chain—farmer co-op (CIRSA) to worker-owned co-op (Equal Exchange) to consumer co-op (Co-op Food Stores).
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