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    Rock Your Values

    9 August 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager

    It’s a new school year, maybe even a new school this time around - why not use this opportunity to re-make yourself? New clothes, new sheets, gym ware too since athleisure is all the rage.

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  • The Problem With Fast Fashion

    9 August 2019 by Elise Miller, Oklahoma Christian University Class of 2021

    More and more, young people are asking "Who made my clothes?" We are delighted to feature voices from passionate student advocates like Elise Miller in this guest blog.

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  • Skagit Valley Co-Op member with Fairtrade farmer

    A First-Hand Look at Fairtrade Bananas in Colombia

    8 August 2019 by Ben Goe, Produce Manager of Skagit Valley Food Co-Op

    Last October I participated in a survey for National Co+op Grocers about bananas—how many we sell, how much we charge, where we source them, and so on. I hadn’t given the survey another thought until our General Manager Todd nonchalantly asked me how hard it would be for me to break away from my obligations for a week.

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  • Green Fairtrade Bananas

    Can I manifest Fairtrade Organic bananas in my neighborhood in DC?

    25 July 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    Fairtrade’s Marketing & Accounts Manager Alli O’Connell shares her audacious goal to get Fairtrade bananas in her neighborhood grocery store.

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  • TCGA members at Annual General Meeting

    Fairtrade is far from finished.

    24 July 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade response to Guardian Long Read article 'Is fair trade finished?'

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  • Fairtrade Items on a Table

    Serve Up Fairtrade Goodness This Summer

    17 July 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager


    The summer cookout is a seasonal institution, but among the assortment of burgers, grilled veggies and cold treats, you can’t help but notice the dissonance. Here in the United States, summer signals a time to take a break from school or work to relax in leisure. But for the farmers and workers growing our food, summer brings irregular weather patterns, natural disaster and the sting of unsustainable prices.

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  • Worker in one of the tea plantations in Sukambizi, Malawi photo by: Chris Terry

    Decent work and a decent income. It’s not much to ask, is it?

    5 July 2019 by By Gelkha Buitrago, Director of Standards & Pricing, Fairtrade International

    There’s a saying in English: “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Put simply, it means that if people collaborate, they can often achieve more than if each person worked on their own.

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  • Women Cocoa

    Celebrate World Chocolate Day!

    3 July 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager

    Sunday, July 7th is World Chocolate Day. While this sweet treat is loved by many, chocolate has a not-so-sweet side that people often forget. Take a crash course in cocoa this World Chocolate Day and join us in educating friends and family about the origin of chocolate and the people behind our favorite treat.

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  • Handfuls of dry pergamino coffee at a Fairtrade certified coffee producer in Colombia. By: Sean Hawkey

    There’s only one way out of the global coffee crisis. Pay more.

    2 July 2019 by By Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International and Roberto Vélez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

    The global coffee industry is facing an unprecedented price crisis which not only threatens our daily cup of the black stuff but also - far more importantly - jeopardizes the livelihoods of millions of small-scale growers around the world. Coffee traders, roasters and retailers must face the fact that not paying a fair price to farmers risks the future economic sustainability of the global coffee business.

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  • Cocoa farmer in Ghana

    FAIRTRADE WELCOMES NEW COCOA FLOOR PRICE IN COTE D’IVOIRE AND GHANA AS BENEFIT FOR FARMERS

    19 June 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade today welcomed the announcement by the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to implement a floor price for cocoa of US$2,600 per metric tonne. Farmers in the two countries, which together produce more than 60 percent of the world’s cocoa supply, have been hit hard by a collapse in cocoa prices in 2017.

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  • On a coffee farm in Nicaragua, a member of a fairtrade certified co-op collects dried coffee beans ready for transport to the coffee warehouse. By: Sean Hawkey

    Fairtrade and Colombian President meet to tackle coffee crisis

    14 June 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The leaders of Colombia and Fairtrade met on May 30th to discuss ways out of the global coffee price crisis which is driving millions of coffee farmers further into poverty.

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  • Hanging with rust resistant coffee plants with Carlos Reynoso Manager of Manos Campesinas (right) Alli O'Connell Accounts and Marketing Manager of Fairtrade America (center) and Victor Manuel Perez Lopez ACIPACU in Tajumulco, San Marcos, Guatemala.

    48 hours debunking the myth that fair trade coffee isn’t high quality

    12 June 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    I spent 48 hours with Fairtrade coffee cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and debunked the myth that fair trade coffee isn’t well…good.

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  • Students learning at a school in Malawi that was entirely funded by Fairtrade Premiums in 2012. By: Chris Terry

    One hundred years on – will we finally bring an end to child labor?

    12 June 2019 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    In 2019 the International Labor Organization (ILO) is celebrating its 100th year. From the beginning, protecting children from labor exploitation has been a core part of ILO’s work.

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  • Fairtrade coffee farmers from KBQB

    Camp with Dad this Father’s Day

    10 June 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager

    Summer is just about to begin and camping season is in full swing. Father’s Day is also right around the corner so what better way to spend quality time with dad than camping in Fairtrade style? Fuel your Father’s Day camping trip with this ethically-sourced gear.

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  • A worker plunges his hands into freshly picked coffee cherries in Caldas, Colombia.

    We love coffee. Are we willing to pay the price?

    6 June 2019 by Peter Kettler, Senior Coffee Manager at Fairtrade International

    How much is coffee worth to you?

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