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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 Nov 2011
This week Jeff Moore and I have been travelling in Ethiopia, the mystical birthplace of both humankind and coffee. Thousands of wild varieties are still found in the country and the coffee plants grown all over the world have a lineage back to this source. The high mountains have just the right...
17 Nov 2011
This week Jeff Moore and I have been travelling in Malawi, in southeastern Africa. Malawians have an amazing spirit filled with laughter, song and community. In our short visit here, we witnessed extremes, chaos and beauty. I can hardly begin to understand all the inter-relationships and dynamics...
10 Nov 2011
This week, Jeff Moore and I have been travelling in Kerala, a state in the southwest of India, with Richard Swift who is a freelance journalist and former editor of the New Internationalist magazine. We spent most of our days visiting small tea and spice farmers in the Western Ghat Mountains. The...
25 Oct 2011
Our colleague Jonathan Rosenthal collaborates with Just Us! on co-operative and ethical international trade development. He was in Haiti earlier this year to analyze the current state and opportunities for the nation’s coffee industry. While there, he connected us with COOPACVOD, a small...
05 Oct 2011
In our quest for convenience, we have outsourced our food system to industrial giants. But it is time to ask ourselves about the human and environmental costs behind cheap food. Corn is a critical example of a staple crop which has supported civilizations in Mesoamerica for thousands of years, that...