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06 Jun 2014

Well, the Globe and Mail really created quite a stir last week with their article, Fairtrade coffee fails to help the poor, British report finds (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/fairtrade-coffee-fails-to-help-the-poor-british-report-finds/article18852585/#dashboard/follows/). For those of you who are interested in the actual report and not just the attention-grabbing, somewhat misleading headlines associated with modern media you can access the report here.

 

It was quite a week for Fairtrade International. The organization probably hasn’t seen that much interest in years. It’s unfortunate that negative or shocking media...

27 Feb 2012
During a green bean buying trip to Guatemala and Costa Rica last week, I visited several of our suppliers and saw some very different examples of community development through the currency of coffee. My first stop was in Lake Atitlan to visit the CCDA (Comité Campesino del Altiplano). The roots of...
16 Feb 2012
Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the 7 most influential women in the world, will be visiting Nova Scotia! Vandana Shiva, is a physicist, environmental activist and author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, is author of over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. Shiva participated in...
01 Feb 2012
The Industrial Revolution started in the UK in the late 18th century. This culture of mass-production is still spreading today across continents and is arguably the primary reason that we face such deep environmental and social problems in the world. Before the advent of the machine, most products...
27 Jan 2012
The world is a big place and modern life has exposed us to unlimited injustices across its amazing surface. People and nature face a degraded existence at the (unseen) hand of the so-called free market that consolidates the wealth of elite big banking & big business families & investors....
13 Jan 2012
It’s always nice to look back at where we’ve been, so we know where we are now, and where we might be able to go in the future. A lot has happened in our coffee program over the last year. Here are some brief reflections. Producers Visited long term trading partners in Honduras at RAOS...