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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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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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Coffee Prices: What Does Transparency Mean?

Buyers, importers, roasters and consumers of specialty coffee are having a big and important conversation right now about coffee prices. Regardless of our role in…

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Giving Chocolate to Your Valentine? Avoid the Three Ss

Slave labor. Soy lecithin. Sugar-overload. You wouldn’t want to give chocolate to someone you love if it involved these things, right? This year…

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Podcast: Local Meat, Lower Impact

Many of us who eat meat buy it at the grocery store. We don’t know exactly where it comes from or how the…

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Trucks, Mules and Motorbikes: Traveling in the Dominican Republic

“Bean to Bar” is a concept you may have seen on your favorite chocolate wrapper. But if you live in North America, like I do…

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Episode 9: Wine for Everyone!

Grab a glass and listen in to our podcast guest Molly Madden of RedHen Collective, who joined Danielle on The Stories Behind Our Food to…

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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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Unconventional Bananas in Peru: an Interview with Julio Oscar Gallegos Herrera-Rambla

The U.S. market tends to treat bananas as commodities, as in unspecialized products that are virtually interchangeable, regardless of origin. Following a century of…

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The Dairy Crisis: Intertwining the World of Trade, Livelihoods and Consumers

By Emily Ambrose, Equal Exchange In early January, I wrote a piece highlighting my experience as a dairy farmer and the path that led to…

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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 Pasture Ahead: A Path to Organizing

By Emily Ambrose, Organizer, Equal Exchange Being new at Equal Exchange has been like returning to school. I am constantly learning the intricacies of building…

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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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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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Lessons in Alternative Trade

By Danielle Robidoux, Action Forum Organizer As consumers, as people, we are pretty disconnected from most of our products. We may believe a label brings…

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