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In Fond du Lac, Wis., a town of 43,000 on the shores of Lake Winnebago, a fair trade movement is building. Activists and advocates have opened a fair trade market place, encouraged stores to carry fair trade goods, and have held regular events to build awareness. A Fair Trade Bake Sale this month by students at UW-Fond du Lac has put the school on the path to becoming a Fair Trade University.
Jason Sanches joined our team to help out during the Fair Trade Bake Sale. One of his first assignments was to create a Cookies-in-a-Jar recipe we could share with our friends. As an avid baker outside the office, Jason reflects on this project as well as learning more about Fairtrade ingredients.
The climate is changing, and our industrial food and farming system plays a big role in that. Over the past few years, the movement for a food system that sustains people and planet has been growing. As conversations around topics like carbon sequestration move into the mainstream, we cannot forget the people at the heart of it all: small-scale farmers and the movements that they have built.
First off – GREAT! Bake sales are a fantastic way to raise money for a cause you care about. This tradition of fundraising for an important issue has really stood the test of time. It’s so effective that you’ll hardly see a school, church or community group that doesn't run one. And, when you use Fairtrade ingredients, you double your impact – making sure the farmers who grew them got a fair deal.
Small-scale avocado growers in Mexico face many challenges in bringing their fruit to market in the US. The explosive interest in the knobby green fruit has resulted in heavy pressure on the local environment and a crowded marketplace. Nicole Vitello, President of Oke USA, the produce team of Equal Exchange, pens this guest blog chronicling her recent visit with PRAGOR, a Fairtrade farmer organization.
The way food is produced and traded is an important contributor to purchase decisions for many consumers. Changing attitudes, new perspectives on fair trade and ethical certifications highlighted in new research from GlobeScan and Fairtrade America.
Some say life without chocolate wouldn’t be worth living, but how much do you really know about this indulgent treat? Break open a bar, plop on the sofa, and spend a few minutes learning what makes Fairtrade chocolate so good - and how Fairtrade farmers' efforts to improve their businesses, adapt to climate change, and assure human rights help ensure the future of chocolate.
Low prices on bananas are often used to attract customers, but new research from GlobeScan & Fairtrade America shows American consumers willing to pay more for bananas certified fair trade.
Out of a wide range of great Fairtrade products, there are many that are also organic certified! We’re celebrating all things organic for National Organic Month this September with this great list.