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  • Frankie Pondolph
    February 1, 2018
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    In June 2017, a strike spread across Darjeeling, India and closed the entire region for 104 days. The motivation was political- a fight over identity, sovereignty, independence. In August we wrote about the fight for Gorkhaland, a movement to separate Darjeeling and surrounding areas (parts of Dooars and Siliguri) from the State of West Bengal to create an independent new state.

  • Leif Rawson-Ahern
    February 28, 2017

    Equal Exchange has worked in the tea industry for more than 20 years. Our tea program is still relatively small, but we have leveraged our limited volume to support and strengthen a number of small-scale farmer groups in India and Sri Lanka. Small farmer cooperatives are incredible rare in the tea industry which was built on colonial plantations from the ground up. When considering the larger industry context, it is remarkable that our small-scale tea co-op partners exist at all.

  • Equal Exchange
    July 25, 2016
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    By Alexis Powell, Social Media Marketing Intern

  • Sara Fiore
    June 16, 2016
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    iced tea
  • Sara Fiore
    February 17, 2016
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  • Equal Exchange
    October 6, 2015
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    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.

  • Leif Rawson-Ahern
    September 14, 2015
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  • Sara Fiore
    August 15, 2014
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    When do you enjoy our fairly traded, organic tea? Whether it’s a warm cup in the morning or tall glass of iced tea on a summer afternoon, tea is a refreshing and delicious complement to any relaxing moment. In every cup of Equal Exchange tea, there’s the story of farmers and workers who are building better lives and a better model for bringing that tea to your pot.

  • Phyllis_Robinson
    January 2, 2014
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    Part Two: Here in South India, we can report there have been positive changes in the last few years in the effort by Peeramade Development Society (PDS) and Tea Promoters of India (TPI) to empower small tea farmers.  Peeramade Development Society is a Catholic church of India based NGO that has a variety of projects to support the rural poor.  Tea Promoters of India is a unique family-owned tea operation that has a foundational commitment to authentic fair trade and to small tea producers.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    December 11, 2012
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    Equal Exchange fairly traded teas are grown by small-scale farming communities around the world. These farmers practice sustainable agriculture, which means no nasty pesticides. This improves soil and water quality, and the farmers' overall health. Drinking organic tea, and particularly green tea, can have many health benefits for you and your family. Let's take a closer look at the health benefits of green tea.

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