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Food System

A little girl takes a bite out of an ear of corn inside a US farmstand

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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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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A red bag of organic fair trade coffee

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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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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People walk through a lush field

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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coffee training

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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Avocados hang from a tree in Mexico

Where Did All the Avocados Go?: Exploring Market Imperfections

Equal Exchange avocado supporters may remember that in October 2016, Equal Exchange avocados were unavailable for about 2 weeks due to strikes in Mexico. You…

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Common Bound Group

Reflections from CommonBound 2018

Written by Rose Smith, Megan Straughen and Frankie Pondolph On June 22-24th workers-owners of Equal Exchange Frankie Pondolph and Rose Smith  along with…

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Chicago Summit

Building Action Forum Community in the Windy City

By Frankie Pondolph, Action Forum Organizer Building off of the success of our June Summit, the Action Forum hosted our second summit of the year…

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Chicago Summit

From Trade to Action

By Frankie Pondolph and Danielle Robidoux, Action Forum Organizers Since the creation of Equal Exchange 32 years ago, people and relationships have always been at…

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Four men and women stand in front of coffee roasing equipment

On May Day, Help Change the Food System

Welcome to the Food Revolution. Happy May Day! International Workers’ Day is near to our hearts here at Equal Exchange. After all, we’re one…

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banana producer

Fair Trade without Fair Traders

By Rink Dickinson, President  Last year, Deepak Khandelwal wrote critically about fair trade certification and the contradictions of its apparent success. I would like to…

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Martin Luther King JR

Finding Inspiration in King

By Dee Walls, Food Safety Coordinator  Each January, against my own better judgement, I sit down and write out my resolutions for the coming year…

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An ox pulls a cart in a field of sugarcane

The Not-So-Sweet U.S. Sugar Policy

Sugar. It seems like such a simple thing. The essential ingredient we so often buy in the U.S. that ends up in something delicious…

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