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  • Stonedance wines

    That Fairtrade Terroir: New Wines Hit US Market

    29 August 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Terroir refers to the natural environment in which wine grapes grow. Soil, topography, climate all working in harmony to impart flavor and taste, but at Fairtrade we think the people growing the grapes and making the wine are just as important. For National Cabernet Sauvignon Day (August 31), we spoke with Giles Thomas of Baobab Wines about what makes a Fairtrade wine so special.

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  • SDG

    Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals Down A Level

    14 July 2017 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager

    The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are incredibly ambitious, audacious even! Number 1 is to “end poverty in all forms everywhere” by 2030. No more poverty in just 13 years seems crazy, but the key lies in breaking down the structures that caused these problems in the first place. Fairtrade can be an important contributor to achieving the Global Goals


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  • FI Birthday

    Celebrating 20 Years of Fairtrade International

    7 July 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Fairtrade International recently turned 20! Join us in a look back on what’s been achieved so far, and look forward to building the Fairtrade of the future.

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  • Summer Reading List

    Fairtrade America's Summer 2017 Reading List

    2 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Our staff’s picks for the best reads on coffee, worker’s rights, ethical sourcing, and everything in between. 

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  • be my rose flowers

    Release: Fairtrade Flowers from Ecuador Direct to Your Door

    27 January 2017 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    This Valentine’s Day, love unconventionally with Be My Rose's Fairtrade flowers.

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  • Nazma Akter, garment worker

    We are workers, not slaves: A Bangladeshi woman’s quest to change the fashion industry

    10 October 2016 by Interview with Nazma Akter, garment worker and worker's rights advocate

    In the wake of the latest tragic factory incident in Bangladesh, Fairtrade spoke to Nazma Akter, a garment worker, about workers’ rights.

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  • GUIDOM Dominican Republic Bananas

    Fairtrade Working to Ensure Workers' Rights

    1 September 2016 by Fairtrade America

    Many people think Labor Day is simply the capstone of summer; few realize the struggle that the holiday commemorates.

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  • Banana Workers in Colombia

    Banana workers helping to rebuild a peaceful, just society in Colombia

    19 July 2016 by Harold Suarez, Employee at Montesol, Colombia

    As Colombia rebuilds its society after years of civil war, banana plantations in Urabá, one of the worst affected regions, are empowering workers to have a say in their futures

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  • textile worker India

    Transparency, Responsibility, Change, Revolution

    21 April 2016 by Stefanie Colish, Licensing Manager, Fairtrade America

    Each year on the anniversary of Rana Plaza, civil society, advocates and consumers sing these words in hopes of ending human rights abuses that plague global supply chains. As a member of civil society and an advocate for greater transparency, responsibility and a revolution, these words speak to me as well.

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  • Finding common ground

    Finding Common Ground

    30 March 2016 by Margot Conover, Outreach & Events Manager, Fairtrade America

    In our globalized economy, we’re all part of one enormous food system affected by many of the same forces. Whether you’re a single parent on food stamps or a coffee farmer in Tanzania, we all face challenges around food security and access to healthy, sustainably-produced food.

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  • Boxes of Fairtrade bananas waiting to be shipped

    Fairtrade Bananas in St Lucia

    3 February 2016 by Ariel Bramble, Commercial Relations Manager

    Ariel Bramble, part of Fairtrade America's Business Development team, traveled to the West Indies and had the opportunity to visit Fairtrade farmers in the Windward Islands.

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  • #FollowTheBanana from Farm to Port

    A Fairtrade Banana's Journey

    23 October 2015 by Kyle Freund

    Ever wonder how bananas reach supermarkets here in the United States? This fun comic explains who helps get you your favorite fruit.

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  • Fairtrade Marike de Pena's SDG blog

    Big Deal in the Big Apple

    25 September 2015 by Marike de Pena

    Marike de Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International, writes for PlanetaFuturo/ElPaís about the SDG ratification happening at the UN this week in New York City.

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