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Where We Stand

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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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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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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Three Children

Of Caravans, State Terror and Climate Disruption

A closer look at the U.S. role in creating refugees from Latin America November 16th marks the 29th anniversary of the slaying of six…

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Every Day Choices

We don’t just vote in elections…

This fall’s midterm election is sure to be full of emotion, anxiety and a fair bit of tension. Many of us will go to…

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Who Grows Your Chocolate? An Update

You probably already know that cacao is the crop from which cocoa and chocolate are made. West African countries like Ghana and Côte d…

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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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USAID Grants and the Democracy of Information

We recently interviewed Cristina Liberati, who administers grants that support farmer cooperatives in Latin America as they improve their quality, productivity, and financial stability. Because…

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Worker Cooperatives and Democracy: A Long, Proud History

It was the early 2000s at Equal Exchange when it became clear that the company was growing fast. We had many opportunities — like looking…

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Portland Party

The Birth of Portland, Equal Exchange Goes West to Stay Series

By Jennifer Pruess, Equal Exchange  Equal Exchange has been operating in the Portland, Oregon area since the mid 1990’s. As a worker-owner of…

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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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