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  • building Fairtrade

    Setting our sights on the future

    15 September 2017 by Darío Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Fairtrade International. Over these two decades, Fairtrade has gone from being a small initiative to a global movement. In 2015 alone, $8.1 billion Fairtrade products were consumed, a 16% increase from 2014. These purchases benefited 1.6 million producers and workers across 75 countries.

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  • Eugenia Sho Belize Cacao Grower

    Ten Tantalizing Chocolate Facts

    12 September 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    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.

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  • PRAGOR Equal Exchange Avocado Visit

    Unpacking the Avocado Industry

    7 September 2017 by Nicole Vitello, President of Oke USA

    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.

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  • Stonedance wines

    That Fairtrade Terroir: New Wines Hit US Market

    29 August 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    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.

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  • activism

    Don’t Be a Couch Potato! This Fall, Flex Your Activist Muscles

    10 August 2017 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager, Fairtrade America

    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.

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  • Madagascar vanilla youth

    Vanilla farmers in Madagascar leading against child labor

    18 July 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Vanilla is a labor-intensive crop that requires hand pollination outside of its natural habitat in Central America. It’s also one of the world’s most expensive spices, but that premium price doesn’t translate to decent income for vanilla farmers, which puts many families at risk. In working to improve livelihoods, Fairtrade farmers in Madagascar are confronting child labor and taking their efforts to the national level. 

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  • SDG

    Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals Down A Level

    14 July 2017 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager

    The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are incredibly ambitious, audacious even! Number 1 is to “end poverty in all forms everywhere” by 2030. No more poverty in just 13 years seems crazy, but the key lies in breaking down the structures that caused these problems in the first place. Fairtrade can be an important contributor to achieving the Global Goals


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  • FI Birthday

    Celebrating 20 Years of Fairtrade International

    7 July 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Fairtrade International recently turned 20! Join us in a look back on what’s been achieved so far, and look forward to building the Fairtrade of the future.

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  • 10 sugar facts

    10 Fairtrade Sugar Facts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    20 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    Did you know June is National Candy Month? While candy and sweets can get a bad reputation for their sugar content, there’s no denying that we all like to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while. If you’re going to moderate your sugar intake, might we suggest thinking about the impact your favorite candy has on the environment and other people as well as your own body?  Here are ten facts about sugar for you to ponder before your afternoon snack break.  

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  • Conscious Step

    Taking Steps Towards Change

    15 June 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager

    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.

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