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    Celebrating Day of the Girl Child

    10 October 2017 by Paty Villarán, CLAC Network

    Young girls in developing and least-developed countries often grow up in communities where gender discrimination is prominent and child labor can be widespread. Efforts by local Fairtrade cooperatives and other organizations are helping empower young girls to develop and face their challenges themselves.

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    Don’t Be a Couch Potato! This Fall, Flex Your Activist Muscles

    10 August 2017 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager, Fairtrade America

    Summer. Best spent relaxing by the pool with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Fairtrade ice cream – slacktivism at its finest. Every pint puts more money, on better terms, into the pockets of farmers and helps them invest in their communities. But we need to do more if we want to change the world.

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    Finding Justice for Farmworkers, Telling their Story

    29 March 2017 by Kerstin Lindgren, Campaign Director at Fair World Project - Photos courtesy of Kati Greaney Photography

    As we celebrate Cesar Chavez and his achievements for farmworkers across the U.S., Kerstin Lindgren of the Fair World Project shares this blog on the importance of supporting dignified work for farmworkers.

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  • Women Coffee Farmers in Kenya

    Ok, Ladies, Now Let’s Talk Caffeination!

    6 March 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    How your morning coffee can help support female workers globally

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    Release: Fairtrade Listed Among Food Labels Fighting Injustice

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

    Real Food Challenge, the largest student food justice organization in the country, recently released the Real Food Standards 2.0, the most comprehensive and up-to-date compilation of credible food labels and certifications on the market. Fairtrade America, the US branch of the international Fairtrade system, was given a green light in the standard meaning that products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark exemplify ‘Real Food’.

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  • Giving with Purpose

    3 Tips to Live (and Give) with Purpose this Season

    7 December 2016 by Rachel Spence, Engagement Manager, Fair Trade Federation

    This holiday season, how can you bring greater meaning to your life and share it with those around you? Rachel Spence of the Fair Trade Federation shares a few tips on living and giving with purpose this year.

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    Who’s the Fairest: Protecting Farmers and Children This Halloween

    18 October 2016 by Todd Larsen, Executive Co-Director for Consumer & Corporate Engagement at Green America

    Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, we are featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Today Todd Larsen of Green America shares tips on how to make your Halloween treats make a difference for cocoa farmers.

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    A Salute to Rural Women

    14 October 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Women play a large role in global agriculture and often don’t receive the full benefits of their work. For International Day of Rural Women, we feature three Fairtrade farmers and their important work.

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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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    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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    How Fairtrade Helps End Human Trafficking

    2 August 2016 by Hannah Gould, End Trafficking Fellow, U.S. Fund for UNICEF on the End Trafficking project

    Over 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor and human trafficking and 5.5 million of those are children. Guest blogger Hannah Gould shares important information on human trafficking and how Fairtrade can be an important tool in combating it. 

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    Putting an End to Child Labor in Supply Chains

    12 June 2016 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor on Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    A remarkable story emerged from Berlin recently when five children ages 10 to 11 approached high end fashion outlets asking for a job, saying they were willing to work long hours for low pay. Not surprisingly, they were rejected and told they were far too young to be employed – that it would be “child labor.”

    The film of their experiment highlights the double standards which allow young children in some parts of the world to work long hours for low pay in harsh conditions – conditions which retailers and consumers wouldn’t accept in their own countries.
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  • Ethan Soloviev on Fair Trade is the pathway to Regenerative Agriculture at 07/11/2017 16:36 Thanks for the great article! I encourage folks to check out the new "Regenerative Organic Certification" Standard being proposed, and make commen...
  • Rita on A Salute to Rural Women at 15/10/2017 15:40 This is a wonder way to help by allowing women to support themselves. Great God bless
  • Nicole Vitello on Fairtrade America's Summer 2017 Reading List at 13/10/2017 15:26 Globalized Fruit, Local Entrepreneurs by Southgate and Roberts is a great study on the banana industry in Ecuador and how and why the landscape in...
  • Peter Crownfield on Food as a moral problem at 12/06/2017 15:50 One serious problem with Real Food Challenge is that it’s about food that is ’good for the planet; the workers who grow, pack, and serve it; OR th...
  • Peter Crownfield on Food as a moral problem at 06/06/2017 11:11 Yes, food does pose real moral issues, and colleges & universities—and other institutions such as hospitals—do have a moral responsibility to act ...