Thu, Apr 17, 2014 - 7:28am

What do food labels tell us about what we’re eating?

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 17, 2014

How much do you  know about what’s really behind the different food labels we use when choosing which products to buy?
Confused about the difference between “organic” and “all “natural”?  “Free range”, “cage free”, “natural”, and “organic”?
What about free trade vs fair trade?
How do the top three Fair Trade certification systems, Fairtrade International, Fair for Life, and Fair Trade USA rank in terms of their labeling criteria, level of producer involvement, social justice standards, and overall integrity?

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 - 11:26am

The Other Fair Trade: Why Equitable Bananas Matter

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 14, 2014

For all of you who couldn’t make the first Fair Trade Banana Conference held by Equal Exchange last month here in Boston, I encourage you to read this blog post by Aliza Wasserman.  Aliza has done a great job summarizing some of the main concerns facing small banana producers, alternative traders, and committed stores and consumers, that were discussed during our two day conference.  You can also read more about the conference and ideas for follow-up here.

Thu, Apr 3, 2014 - 8:21pm

Equal Exchange on PBS! Television Premiere of “Shift Change” in Seattle this Sunday

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 3, 2014

Mark your calendar and spread the word! The television premiere of SHIFT CHANGE is Sunday, April 6 at 5pm PST onKCTS-9 (Seattle’s PBS affiliate).
Because KCTS-9 also broadcasts via KYVE-47 and various cable and satellite channels, SHIFT CHANGE will be seen throughout the Northwest and in many parts of Canada.

Fri, Mar 28, 2014 - 1:56pm

Tea Partnership with Equal Exchange U.K.

Equal Exchange
March 28, 2014
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Equal Exchange is proud to launch a new joint tea project with our sister co-operative in the United Kingdom, Equal Exchange Trading Ltd.

Co-ops have represented the heart of Fair Trade and its goal of building markets for small farmers from the beginning and we have joined forces to advance the work of authentic Fair Trade. At a time when corporations and plantations threaten the integrity of this movement, we are excited to be working in partnership to bring consumers and farmers around the world closer together.

Tue, Mar 25, 2014 - 8:23pm

Today’s Campesinos: “Not your Ancestors’ Peasants”

Small Farmers, Big Change
March 25, 2014

I wanted to repost something that Carol Schachet, Director of Development and Communications, at Grassroots International wrote earlier this year about the important role that small farmers play in “… feeding the world, counteracting greenhouse gas emissions and other environmentally toxic poisons, conserving water and biodiversity and expanding social and economic justice.”  Click here to read this interesting piece about small farmers, Via Campesina, and our food system.
 
 
 

Fri, Mar 21, 2014 - 11:06am

Free Trade vs. Fair Trade

Small Farmers, Big Change
March 21, 2014

People often confuse the terms.  They sound so similar.  Free and Fair.  To the uninformed, they even seem to go hand in hand.
Yet, no two concepts could be further apart in terms of what each represents as an idea and what impact each has on small farmers, workers, consumers, local communities, the environment, and so much more.

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