Changes in the world of Fair Trade Labeling: What’s a Green Consumer to do?

Fair Trade USA's new label

On September 15, Fair Trade USA (FTUSA), the United States’ labeling body for fair trade certified products announced that it would be leaving Fairtrade International (FLO), the international fair trade system.  Previously, certification for fair trade has always happened under FLO, which includes a network of 19 national labeling initiatives around the world Fair Trade USA cites several reasons for this […]

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5 Ways to Go Fair Trade for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, many of us will take a moment before our meal to consider all the human connections involved in assembling the holiday. Maybe your cranberries, or potatoes, or turkey came from a farmer you know at your local market, or maybe you traveled to a locally owned pumpkin patch to pick the perfect main ingredient for your pie. For other ingredients that aren’t so easy to find locally, there are often Fair Trade options that you can choose. The Fair Trade premium associated with these products helps producers build a better life for their families and communities. The first Fair Trade products to be certified in the US — coffee, tea, and chocolate — are getting  easier to find, even in conventional grocery stores. If you don’t see them, please ask for them. Below, please find links to companies in our Green Business Network™ who supply some harder-to-find Fair Trade products. Look for additional green and Fair Trade options at our Green Pages online. 1. Spices This past September, Frontier Natural Products Co-op greatly expanded its offering of Fair Trade spices. In addition to the vanilla (beans and extract) already available, Frontier worked closely with Sri Lankan growers to add whole cloves, ginger root powder, cinnamon sticks and powder, whole black peppercorns, ground white and black pepper, ground nutmeg, and ground turmeric root. 2. Olive oil Two companies in our business network offer Fair Trade olive oil from the […]

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A Sweet Day

Petition Drop 10.25.2011_1

Yesterday was a day that I have been looking forward to for a long time.  It was the day we finally got to deliver all 100,000 petitions that the Raise the Bar, Hershey! campaign has collected to their intended recipient: John Bilbrey, CEO of Hershey. We have been collecting petitions for just over a year.  Signers are calling on the […]

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Green Americans in India

Members of Chetna Organic Farmers Association

I recently traveled to India with the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) that developed a Fair Trade pilot standard for garment manufacturing. Basically, we were in India to meet with Fair Trade producers along the clothing supply chain. To my surprise, who I ended up meeting, more than 8,000 miles from my home, was a group that truly embodies what Green America […]

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Halloween Actions for Fair Trade

Reverse Trick or Treating

Join our fifth annual Halloween campaign against abusive child labor in the cocoa supply chain. With a reverse trick-or-treating kit, kids can go door to door, handing Fair Trade chocolate back to adults, to let them know that you can find chocolates made by companies with fair supply chains. This year, there are two ways to order Halloween chocolate kits: […]

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Today: 10 Years Since Harkin-Engel


Monday, September 19th, 2011  marks the ten-year anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol—an agreement signed by the country’s largest chocolate companies  to put an end to forced child labor on cocoa farms by 2005. Now, six years later, the chocolate companies still dragging its feet and hundreds of thousands of children continue to work long, grueling hours in […]

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