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COVID-19 and Peruvian Avocados: Growing Together Through Hardships

In this update from Eunice Jijon Jarquin and Alyssa Melendez, learn about Equal Exchange’s fair trade avocado partnership with La Grama in Peru…

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.  Equal Exchange stands in solidarity with people fighting for racial justice, against police brutality, and those bravely working to create necessary…

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Co-ops Show Resilience as the Pandemic Goes On

As people across the world adjust to staying home, the physical distance we are experiencing is a true test to the social networks that we…

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Why Buying Clubs? Why Now?

What Exactly is a Buying Club? Faith-based groups have sold coffee, tea, and chocolate to assist small farmers through the Equal Exchange Interfaith Program…

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COVID-19 and Farmers — What We Know So Far

Small-scale farmers struggled to maintain an economic foothold before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, their work has become even more of an uphill battle. A…

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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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Peru Delegation

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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