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New research finds that the future of coffee depends on adequate income for farmers. A pilot study by Fairtrade International and True Price shows that despite sustainability pledges in the coffee sector, many coffee farmers struggle to make ends meet.
Our staff’s picks for the best reads on coffee, worker’s rights, ethical sourcing, and everything in between.
How often do you think about your socks? Are you the type of person who is lucky if she can find two matching ones as she rushes to get dressed in the morning? Or maybe you use your socks to express yourself, adding a pop of personality to your weekday uniform.
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.
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.
How does Fairtrade change the lives of farmers? Well, coffee farmers set up the first virtual university in Honduras using their Fairtrade Premium.
Hints of clove, a syrupy mouthfeel, blueberry notes – the language around specialty coffee is as complex as the beverage. What makes your small batch coffee beans special?
While the struggle continues for fair treatment of the workers who make our clothes, there are signs of improvement over the past year. Nazma Akter, a garment worker and founder of the AWAJ Foundation, shares with Fairtrade America.
According to new research, the social and environmental footprint of cotton from Fairtrade farmers is five times lower than conventionally produced cotton.