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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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Cacao pods

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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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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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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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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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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