Mon, Dec 1, 2014 - 9:30am

To label or not? What’s behind the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal?

Small Farmers, Big Change
December 1, 2014

If you shop at your local food co-op, Whole Foods, or a number of other natural food grocery stores you have probably seen this label.  One of the newest seals in the marketplace, this one attempts to assure shoppers that the product does not contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).  Unlike the mandatory GMO labeling laws which a number of states have been trying to pass at the polls, this initiative is seemingly noncontroversial.  Who can find fault with the pretty butterfly hanging out in nature’s green pastures?

Tue, Nov 18, 2014 - 2:41pm

Cooperation in Quality 2014: Chiapas

Beth Ann Caspersen
November 18, 2014
In 2004, we launched a training program called Cooperation in Quality as a means to empower coffee cuppers within the cooperative supply chain with the knowledge necessary to produce specialty coffee. That first year we invited six cuppers from Nicaragua to Equal Exchange for a week of roasting and cupping coffee as a way to share information about how specialty coffees are selected and graded.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 - 12:19pm

Cashews: From Tree to Nut

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 7, 2014

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).


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