Tue, Oct 6, 2015 - 8:45am

Infographic: Small Farmer Tea vs. Conventionally Traded Tea

Equal Exchange
October 6, 2015

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.

Mon, Oct 5, 2015 - 4:18pm

When Politics and Business-as-usual Fail to Act…

Small Farmers, Big Change
October 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.

Wed, Sep 30, 2015 - 2:15pm

A New Perspective on Combatting Climate Change: Support Soil & Small Farmers; Not Oil and Big Agriculture!

Small Farmers, Big Change
September 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
 

Mon, Sep 28, 2015 - 9:53am

Human Rights Abuses Found on Tea Plantations: Read the BBC’s Disturbing Report

Small Farmers, Big Change
September 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.

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