Monthly Archives: June 2007

Town Now Fair, Board Approves Fair Trade Motion

- Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — And then there were two. In a 3-2 vote, the Selectboard approved a resolution that makes Brattleboro the second fair trade town in the United States, second only to Media, Pa.

“This is very exciting,” said Kate Amanna. “We hope this can turn into something more.”

Amanna was one of three representatives from the Fair Trade Steering committee that presented their case to the Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. (more…)

Wal-Mart to hold a Green Fair

- Canada NewsWire

As part of its Achat-Qu├ębec program, Wal-Mart Canada today announced that it will be holding a Green Fair in Montreal on August 29. This event will give Wal-Mart the opportunity to meet with Quebec suppliers of organic, environmentally friendly and fair-trade products.



- Daily Post (Liverpool)

WREXHAM will play its part in a world record attempt this weekend when the town hosts a fair trade picnic.

The aim is to have more than 8,000 people enjoying a picnic across Wales this Saturday which would break the world record set in Tenerife, Spain, in 1999. (more…)

Starbucks, Ethiopia settle licensing dispute

- Reuters

Starbucks Corp. and the Ethiopian government reached an agreement that settles a dispute over the country’s bid to trademark its coffee beans, according a joint statement released on Wednesday.

The U.S. coffee chain had been accused by Ethiopia and aid agency Oxfam of attempting to block Ethiopia from obtaining trademarks for its best-known beans — Sidamo and Harrar. (more…)

Cost still big obstacle for organic, fair-trade foods, survey finds; But there’s major demand for locally grown produce

- The Gazette (Montreal)

Would you describe someone who buys only organic food as:

a) granola

b) trendy

c) vegetarian

d) rich?

In the first cross-Canada study of factors that lead consumers to purchase organic, fair trade or locally produced foods, the Montreal organization Equiterre asked that question, and others, in an attempt to identify the major obstacles to what it calls “responsible food consumerism.” (more…)

Ask the Expert: Fair Trade


From coffee in your cup to cotton on your back, Fair Trade products are picking up steam in the marketplace. The movement behind the Fair Trade label is a broad coalition of consumers, governments, farmers, and entrepreneurs who work together to give people at the beginning of the supply chain a higher share of the final value of their work. Buying Fair Trade products is an easy way to reduce some of the human cost of the international trade system, but there is still a long way to go. (more…)