Monthly Archives: October 2007

Happiness is fair trade T-shirts

- The Toronto Star

SECTION: OPINION; Pg. AA08

The Dalai Lama speaks today at the Rogers Center. He is coming to deliver a talk on human happiness, but it is his presence and his example that is shifting the priorities of local business in Toronto. (more…)

We can start buying fair-trade products

- South China Morning Post

[FTRN: On October 31, a series of students’ letters to the editor appeared in the South China Morning Post.  This one pertains to Fair Trade.]

The gap between the rich and the poor has risen dramatically over the past decades.

There is a lot that has to be done. We can help solve this problem through equal global wealth distribution. (more…)

Youngsters plan to turn trick-or-treat into a fair trade

- Daily Hampshire Gazette

AMHERST – When Tim and Liam Felton go trick-or-treating tonight, they’ll
give as well as get.

Tim, 9, and Liam, 6, will accept their treats and then turn the tables by
giving their neighbors chocolate, along with a message. They are part of a
nationwide campaign to draw attention to abusive conditions for children
working on cocoa farms in West Africa.

It’s called ‘reverse trick-or-treating.’ (more…)

Infused with awareness

- The Gazette

That granola-crunching sound emanating from the little town of Wakefield, a half-hour north of Ottawa on the banks of the Gatineau River in Quebec, is about to get a lot louder.

On Nov. 9, the sprawling municipality of La Pêche (of which Wakefield is the undisputed centrepiece), will unveil its new identity as Canada’s second official Fair Trade Town, following in the footsteps of Wolfville, N.S.

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Democracy Now! Airs Fair Trade Story – Listen Now

- Democracy Now!

Yocser Carranza Godoy, president of the worker-controlled cooperative called Coopetrabasur and the cooperative’s attorney Carlos Eugenio Vargas join Democracy Now! in New York to discuss the banana cooperative. (more…)

RETURNING NZ MUSIC STARS BUSK FOR FAIR TRADE

- New Zealand Press Association

Auckland, Oct 17 NZPA – Even with money blowing away from their guitar cases, Evermore felt much happier about their second attempt at busking than their first.

Back from their Sydney base for the New Zealand Music Awards tomorrow night, the Feilding brothers played four songs in front of about 250 people in Auckland’s Queen Elizabeth Square to help the Oxjam campaign for fair trade with developing nations. (more…)

Universities seek to educate youth on fair trade, globalization

- The Daily Star

BEIRUT: Raising awareness about globalization, universities in Lebanon have organized fair-trade week on several campuses around Beirut. The program, which began on Sunday, defines fair trade as a partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect and seeks greater equity in international trade.

Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, Middle East coordinator of the program and professor at Notre Dame University, said he believed Lebanese youth should understand globalization as a double-edged sword.

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Media Hosts Festival As ‘First Fair Trade Town’

- The Bulletin (Philadelphia, PA)

 Media, 12 miles west of Philadelphia in Delaware County, is “an artful blend of new and traditional, eclectic and sophisticated, international and plain old down-home goodness.” Street festivals, live music, performance theater and poetry readings regularly entertain both the young and old in this inviting borough, which train riders can reach easily on SEPTA’s R3 Media/Elwyn regional rail line.

Currently the only U.S. “Fair Trade Town” – along with 300 towns in Europe and 150 in Britain – Media promotes third-party certification and monitoring of food and other items to assure farmers and workers a fair price for their products. (more…)

How To Get Your Fair Trade Town: The Launch of Fair Trade Towns USA

- GreenOptions.com

 Fair Trade Towns USA is “a campaign organized by local and national Fair Trade advocates whose aim is to encourage and support the Fair Trade Movement in the U.S. Following the example of the Fair Trade movement in Europe, the campaign strives to support local, grassroots groups by offering tools and resources to become a Fair Trade town or city through successful local campaigns.”

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College students demand responsible food

- Culinate Magazine

usft.jpgWay back in the 1960s, university food got political. Across campuses, students boycotted non-union grapes in support of California’s migrant workers. These days, student activists are pushing their dining halls to provide socially responsible, humane, and eco-friendly food.

The first category includes fair-trade-certified coffee, sugar, cocoa, and bananas. Fair-trade foods bear seals of approval indicating that the workers and growers who produced the foods were not exploited and were paid a living wage.

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