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sustainability

A group of bee hives in Mexico.

Funding Sustainable Futures Through Beekeeping

Mexico is the world’s top exporter of avocados (Produce Blue Book, 2019). Geographic proximity to the U.S., climate and environmental conditions, and ease…

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Podcast: Taking a Passion for Food Online

Food sustains us – and it brings people together, too. Chelsea Colbath found that out when she brought her interest in eating and cooking in…

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Episode 8: The Afterlife of Food

This month, we took The Stories Behind Our Food on the road. Danielle and Kate interviewed Igor Kharitonenkov of Bootstrap Compost at his home in…

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Shade-Grown Coffee

Shade-grown coffee is as natural as it comes — the low-to-the-ground plant thrives as part of a healthy ecosystem surrounded by…

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The Search for Sustainable Packaging

We’ve been selling organic, fairly traded coffee since 1986 and our coffee bags are without a doubt one of our most recognizable products. When…

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Fair Trade bananas grow in Ecuador

Earth Day Stories: Leaders in Sustainable Agriculture

It’s not a secret: due to human activity – particularly the activity of the most privileged – the Earth is in crisis. This year…

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Sugarcane Farming in Paraguay: Turning up the Heat for Future Generations

Last December, members of Equal Exchange’s chocolate team met with our sugarcane co-op partners, Manduvira. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Paraguay experiences its…

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Men in Ethiopia hold small paper cups of fair trade organic coffee

Natural Process Coffee

Have you ever tried natural process coffee? If you have, you probably noticed a difference! Known as “naturals” in the specialty coffee industry, these coffees…

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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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Cacao Pods

The Current Storm: The Realities of Climate Change for Cacao Producers

By: Dana Drugmand, Equal Exchange Barista On Thursday October 11th, a group of activists, teachers, friends and allies gathered in the Equal Exchange cafe for…

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Fair Trade & Equal Exchange FAQs

Want to get others on board supporting an independent food system with a company that pays small-scale growers fairly? What if people ask tough…

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Why Switch to Fair Trade, Organic Coffee?

When it comes to drinking ethically-sourced coffee, you have a choice if you’re at home, but how can you get your church…

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How to Make your Fundraiser More Eco-Friendly

How to Make your Fundraiser More Eco-Friendly

You already know how important it is to care for the environment through conservation and smart buying choices. Another great way you can make small…

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From the Field: Chiapas, Mexico

Earlier this summer, Green Coffee Buyer Carly Kadlec traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to visit our farmer partners at Comon Yaj Noptic Cooperative. Here she shares…

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Organic Chocolate vs. Conventional: What’s the Difference?

Chocolate is undeniably one of the most popular treats around, and one of the most widely available. But do you ever stop and think about…

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