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    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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    Fairtrade Farmers Spur Nationwide Changes on Child Labor in Belize

    17 March 2017 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor on Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    Belize’s Ministry of Labor makes strong steps toward addressing child labor nationwide. Advocacy efforts by sugar cane farmers were influential in the move.

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    A Salute to Rural Women

    14 October 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Women play a large role in global agriculture and often don’t receive the full benefits of their work. For International Day of Rural Women, we feature three Fairtrade farmers and their important work.

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    Unexpectedly Fair: 10 Fairtrade Products that Might Surprise You

    5 October 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    We all know that coffee and cocoa are the biggest Fairtrade products by a longshot, but check out these other unique Fairtrade products.

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    Who’s The Fairest? An Equal Opportunity for All

    3 October 2016 by Dion Drew, Greyston Bakery

    Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, Fairtrade America is featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Dion Drew is a father and a baker at Greyston Bakery, the company that makes the brownies in your Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Dion speaks to the power of believing in others and a fair chance for all.

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    Rediscovering the "Safe" Sugar

    9 February 2016 by Michelle Jean, co-founder of Zesa Raw, a ‘fair-free trade’ social enterprise

    Unrefined cane sugar, the product of a centuries-old process, has had a long journey in and out of obscurity. Organic cane farmers from Costa Rica and Zesa Raw are returning it to the prominence it deserves.

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    Win Ice Cream for Breakfast

    5 February 2016 by Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing and Communications Manager

    February 6th is Ice Cream For Breakfast Day (yes...yes it is). Enter our flash competition to win a pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream to celebrate!

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    Celebrating Day of the Girl Child

    11 October 2015 by Kyle Freund

    The International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to celebrate gender equality and the efforts to ensure equal opportunities for all young people. The theme for 2015 is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

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    Paraguayan Pride: Farmers Open World's First Fairtrade Organic Sugar Mill

    23 May 2014 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    Fairtrade sugar farmers from the remote Manduvira Cooperative in western Paraguay are celebrating an extraordinary achievement – the ribbon-cutting of the world’s first producer-owned Fairtrade organic sugar mill.

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