Monthly Archives: November 2007

Florida Farmworkers Protest Burger King Over Low Wages, Exploitation

- Fox News

MIAMI — Farmworkers, union members and activists marched through city streets to Burger King headquarters Friday to protest low wages for tomato pickers and alleged exploitation of field workers. (more…)

New Saphara Tea Provides a Journey for the Senses for Premium Tea Drinkers

- CNN Money

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 27 — Celestial Seasonings, a leader in the specialty tea category, takes tea drinkers on a journey for the senses this fall with Saphara, a new line of 100 percent natural whole leaf teas packaged in pyramid tea bags. Available this fall, the premium line features herbal, green, black, white and red teas and is USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified(TM).

SRI LANKA: Fair Trade Labels Ensure Returns For Farmers

- Inter Press Service News Agency

KANDY, Nov 27 (IPS) – Organic farmers in this hilly, central region of Sri Lanka are convinced that they have a simple fair trade model that could be replicated in other parts of the world.

“What we have created is the most sustainable model of fair trade and organic food in the world,’’ insists Sarath Ranaweera, founder of the Small Organic Farmers Association (SOFA), speaking with IPS.

Roses Are Green: Fair-Trade Flower Market Grows

- Fox News 12 - Oregon

Planning to buy a bouquet of roses for someone you love?

If, like 90 percent of the roses sold in the U.S. today, they’re imported, they may have a dark history. The workers who grew them might have been child laborers. The blooms might have been exposed to deadly, environment-polluting pesticides.

But those scenarios are beginning to change. Move over, fair-trade coffee. Now, there are fair-trade flowers.

Groundbreaking New Research on “Conscious Consumers”


NEW YORK – Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 – America’s consumers offer a warning to business leaders and marketers looking to ride the green wave: either back your eco-friendly words with socially responsible actions or risk a backlash. In the first major study to combine field observations with a national survey on purchasing behavior and social values, increasingly conscious consumers are demanding that companies be transparent about their practices and accountable for their impact on people and the planet. (more…)

UW-Madison Adopts Fair Trade Apparel


MADISON, Wis. — Local retailers have helped the idea grow in Madison, and now University of Wisconsin-Madison is adopting fair trade apparel.

Student groups have been pushing for years to make sure UW-Madison licensed clothing isn’t made in sweatshops. The university said it believes all apparel currently complies with its code of conduct, but those who still have concerns now have a new option. (more…)

Buying Local Doesn’t Hurt the Developing World

- YES! Magazine

Critics of “go local” movements warn that buying local deprives people in developing countries of jobs that could lift them out of poverty. But the global economy isn’t that simple. (more…)

TransFair USA Unites Wal-Mart, Cafe Bom Dia, USAID to Support Fair Trade Farmers with Expertise and Investment


OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ — TransFair USA, the nation’s third-party, independent certifier of Fair Trade Certified(TM) products, has united the U.S. government, the world’s largest retailer and a leading coffee company in a three-year, $1.9 million public-private agreement to support Brazilian farmers producing Fair Trade Certified coffee and cooperatives with technical training and infrastructure investment. (more…)

Farmers in developing world hurt by ‘eat local’ philosophy in U.S.

- San Francisco Chronicle

Increasing awareness of climate change has transformed the way Americans think about organic food. While organic consumers used to focus on how food was produced, such as whether pesticides were used, they now are also concerned about how far food has traveled to arrive at their plate. The issue is that greater distances often equate to more energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. (more…)

Review: USFT In Food First Fair Trade Report

- United Students for Fair Trade

Food First recently release the report:  Fair to the Last Drop: The Corporate Challenges to Fair Trade Coffee by Eric Holt-Giménez, Ian Bailey, and Devon Sampson. You can find it at:

Fair to the Last Drop gives a great introduction to the history of Fair Trade and then seeks to present the challenge of corporate participation in Fair Trade.

The report looks at the evolution of the Fair Trade movement and the push in the last few years led by Transfair for the mainstreaming of the FT movement. (more…)