Ten years ago, Equal Exchange brought a group of food co-op and natural food store representatives to visit CEPICAFE, one of our small farmer coffee co-op partners in northern Peru. We stayed four days and nights living and working along side the coffee farmers, “helping” them with the harvest. One of my most fond memories was during lunch following that first full morning (ie 4 hours) picking coffee. We had had a lot of fun, laughing, singing, and telling jokes with the farmers, while they tried to teach us their techniques. But truth be told, the work is back-breaking, the hike to the farms was exhausting, and the sun was hot.
Equal Exchange is excited to announce a new partnership with PRAGOR, a progressive group of small-scale avocado farmers in Michoacán, Mexico. This region of Mexico is called “the avocado capital of the world.” However, powerful corporate interests have made it difficult for small-scale farmers to compete. In response, PRAGOR courageously organized and decided they would collectively control the entire process from growing to exporting.
We now have a new educational resource in comic book format! Sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee as you contemplate this history of Fair Trade, and decide how it all fits together on your path to peace and social justice. Read the full comic book online.
Reblogged from Somos Estrellas - 31 ways you can support co-ops throughout the month of October.
Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for chocolate sales in the U.S.
Did you know that most mainstream chocolate comes from cacao plantations in West Africa, where forced child labor has been documented? This October, choose Fair Trade! Equal Exchange sources cacao fairly from small farmer co-operatives.
Here are ways you can get involved:
Plant a virtual tree and we'll plant a real one at CONACADO Co-op in the Dominican Republic. Help us get to 10,000 trees!
Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating.