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Food System

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

  Last year, Deepak Khandelwal wrote critically about fair trade certification and the contradictions of its apparent success. I would like to dive deeper into that…

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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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farmers signing contract

The Action Forum: A Democratic Food System

What does democracy mean to you? Do you believe that you are an active citizen in a democracy? How about in your food system? To…

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The People’s Food System Summit

You can be a part of changing the food system! For over 30 years, Equal Exchange has worked together with farmers and consumers to change…

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Portland Party

The Equal Exchange Action Forum: An Organizer’s Perspective

I started at Equal Exchange almost two years ago, as a sales rep in Philadelphia. The path that led me here to our co-op…

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grocery store

The Citizen-Consumer Dilemma, Part Three: The Action Forum

By Rob Everts, President  In The Citizen-Consumer Dilemma, Part One and Part Two, we discussed many of the challenges facing consumers, and many other…

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Pablo Mera, worker, harvesting bananas at the plantation of Vincente Matute, a member of El Guabo, a fair trade banana cooperative of Ecuador.

Why Do Banana Farmers Organize?

Last October we welcomed organic banana farmer Mariana Cobos to the Twin Cities to celebrate our 10 year anniversary importing bananas from AsoGuabo Cooperative in…

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Halloween Chocoalte

Trick or Treat? Why Fair Trade Halloween chocolate matters

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for candy, trick-or-treating, costumes and more candy. Every year, Americans…

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Fair trade chocolate bars from equal exchange

Child Labor in the Cocoa Industry

For many, Halloween is all about candy, and A LOT of that will be chocolate. In fact, in the U.S. alone adults will spend…

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