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    What Price, Bananas? New Report Reveals the Hidden Damage in Bunches

    4 October 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Bananas may be the most familiar fruit on grocery store shelves, but behind that billboard-bright exterior are steep external costs that take a heavy toll on the planet and people. New research from Fairtrade conducted by True Price/Trucost reveals the hidden social and environmental damage in a box of bananas.

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  • Release: 1% for the Planet Recognizes Fairtrade’s Strong Environmental Credentials

    4 January 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Fairtrade America is proud to be named a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, a global alliance of more than 1,200 member companies in 40 countries that contribute 1% of their revenues to environmental causes. 

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    Fiji sugar farmers adapt to survive

    10 November 2017 by Fairtrade International

    When Cyclone Winston drove a destructive path across the Pacific in February 2016, it was just the latest in a series of extreme weather events to hit Fiji. Winston left 44 people dead in its wake and is estimated to have caused more than $1.4 billion worth of damage across the region. As so often before, farming communities bore the brunt of the devastation. Communities there are struggling to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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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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    How to Be a Climate Activist According to Bananas

    17 May 2017 by Margot Conover, Manager of External Relations, Fairtrade America

    Climate got you down? We know climate change can seem like an overwhelming problem! 

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  • cotton research

    Release: Fairtrade cotton better for the environment and communities, new research shows

    25 April 2017 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    According to new research, the social and environmental footprint of cotton from Fairtrade farmers is five times lower than conventionally produced cotton.

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  • Victor Biwot Sireet Tea Growers Kenya

    International Climate Agreements are Failing Smallholder Farmers

    20 May 2016 by By Victor Biwot, Manager of Sireet Tea Outgrowers in Kenya, a Fairtrade certified organization

     A report published this week by Oxfam has criticized the Paris climate talks for having ‘failed’ poorer countries adapting to global warming. Entitled “Unfinished Business”, it points out the financial support pledged to tackle climate change falls well short of what is needed, which means those most vulnerable to its impact – small-scale farmers – are being 'left on their own'. Victor Biwot, a tea farmer from Kenya, agrees the West needs to be more realistic.

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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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  • Manuel Guarchaj, President of the Nahuala. coop pours a liquor from the compost heap onto a coffee plant. Fairtrade promotes ecologically sound methods to compost byproducts of the coffee industry.

    A worms-eye view of climate change

    10 December 2015 by Marike de Peña, Chair, Fairtrade International

    This piece first appeared in Spanish on Planeta Futuro/El País on December 9, 2015 and is reproduced with their kind permission.

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    Fairtrade Climate Heroes Take Action

    2 December 2015 by Kyle Freund

    Unpredictable weather patterns, extreme temperatures, increased problems with pests. While some pretend that climate change isn't happening, Fairtrade farmers around the world are facing undeniable impacts. But they aren't waiting for world leaders at the COP21 meetings in Paris, many of them are taking action now.

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