For years now, our small farmer co-op partners have been struggling to keep their land, continue farming, supply us with high quality products, provide food for their families, and earn a dignified livelihood. They have to do this for the most part without support from public or private sectors. Governments have generally disinvested in agriculture, particularly small scale agriculture, banks don’t lend to campesinos or small-scale co-operative enterprises, resources for training and technical assistance are virtually non-existent.
Yesterday, Lincoln Neal wrote about last week’s arctic drilling protest on Portland’s Willamette River. This morning we hear another account of the demonstration…. this time from one of the kayakactivists, Equal Exchange’s Meghan Huebner.
The following post was written by Lincoln Neal, Equal Exchange worker-owner in our Portland, Oregon office.
What’s the relationship of these two photos to each other and to climate change?
Watch this 4-minute video and then tell us your response.
A cool treat for hot summer days! Check out our recipe using our Organic Peppermint tea.
What happens to Fair Trade coffee beans when they arrive at our roastery in Massachusetts? Watch this video to go behind-the-scenes of coffee roasting at Equal Exchange.
Last week our friends at the Coop Food Stores in Hanover-Lebanon, New Hampshire sent us these photos of a large display they have created to promote our exciting coffee partnership in which we attempt to link consumer coop members in New Hampshire, worker coop members at Equal Exchange, and indigenous small farmer coop members in Chiapas, Mexico.
Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen recently traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to judge the country's first-ever coffee cupping competition. This is the seventh blog post in the series about the visit. Read part one here.
Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen recently traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to judge the country's first-ever coffee cupping competition. This is the sixth blog post in the series about the visit. Read part one here.