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Where We Stand

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

  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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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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Reflections on Fair Trade and Immigration

How do your fellow parishioners react when you propose fairly traded coffee for sale or fellowship hour? Do you get a yawn, or a pat…

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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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The Small Producer Symbol: What Does It Stand For?

In the last year, you may have noticed a new logo on the package of your coffee: the Small Producer Symbol. The SPP (the acronym…

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Infographic: Small Farmer Tea Vs. Conventionally Traded Tea

At Equal Exchange, we believe that “Fair Trade” means “small farmer,” and our relationships with tea growers reflect that. Our tea comes from democratically organized…

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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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Our Cup Of Organic Tea: Empowered Farmers, Better Trade

When do you enjoy our fairly traded, organic tea? Whether it’s a warm cup in the morning or tall glass of iced tea on…

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