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What is a co-op, anyway?

Co-op stands for cooperative. You probably already guessed that. Co-op sounds like something positive — working together, hooray! Throughout history, people have organized…

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Diving Into Roasting, and Pondering the Future with Todd Caspersen

Interview by Jennifer Pruess, Equal Exchange Wrapping up Portland’s Early History, Diving Into Roasting, and Pondering the Future with Todd Caspersen With Todd (Todd…

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Locals Only? How to Live Your Values and Still Eat Bananas

The modern grocery basket is a true symbol of human innovation. Its contents span continents, offering a taste of all things weird and wonderful, at…

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The Early Days of Portland Spurs Equal Exchange’s Next Chapter: Roasting

Interview by Jennifer Pruess, Equal Exchange Welcome to the third installment of our mini-blog series: Equal Exchange Goes Out West to Stay. We now…

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Building Community Through Shared Space

2019 Equal Exchange Summit Equal Exchange has always been about building authentic relationships. We want people to reconnect to where food comes from, to engage…

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The Search for Sustainable Packaging

We’ve been selling organic, fairly traded coffee since 1986 and our coffee bags are without a doubt one of our most recognizable products. When…

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New Legislation Will Hit the Pause Button on Mega-Mergers

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2019 Contact: Rob Everts, President 774-776-7383 EQUAL EXCHANGE SUPPORTS MORATORIUM ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD ACQUISITION AND MERGERS New…

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Episode 7: Organizing for the Long Haul

In 40+ years as an activist pushing for a more equitable food system, Rob Everts has seen a lot. Now he’s one of…

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Building an Alternative Trade Organization for 2020

Equal Exchange was founded as an alternative trade organization (ATO) with the mission of connecting US consumers and small marginalized farmers from the global south…

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Episode 6: Big Doesn’t Just Happen

Get ready for the most exciting episode of The Stories Behind Our Food we’ve done yet. We talked to Joe Maxwell about consolidation…

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Humanizing the Food System

By Danielle Robidoux, Organizer, Equal Exchange Time, it is something the modern-day shopper is not likely to have in abundance. Walking through the aisles…

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Looking Behind the Barcodes

Next week, the Equal Exchange organizing deparment will be cohosting a webinar with Oxfam America on their Behind the Barcodes Campaign. Join us on Tuesday…

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The Story of Wells Neal & 1033 SE Main St

By Jennifer Pruess, Demo & DSD, Equal Exchange Welcome the second edition to the Equal Exchange Out West series! In early August,  I sat down…

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Episode 2: Why Does Good Food Sell Out?

Here’s the second episode of our storytelling podcast, The Stories Behind Our Food! You can hear #StoriesBehindOurFood on: Stitcher (on both Apple and…

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Democracy Is More Than a Political System: Understanding the 28th Amendment

By Rob Everts, Equal Exchange Co-Director While we take stock in the still-incomplete election results of last week, a more “evergreen” threat to…

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