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Food System

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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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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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A basket of fair trade food from a buying club

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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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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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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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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Bananas growing

Cooperative Bananas, In Dollars and Cents

When you purchase a conventional banana at a grocery store, there are certain costs that your everyday low price covers: the fruit itself; the international…

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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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