Monthly Archives: May 2011

Lake Eola Fola Farmers Market to Celebrate WFTD with Fair Trade Wine Tasting in Orlando, FL

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On May 15 the Lake Eola Fola Downtown Farmers market will be hosting a Fair Trade Wine Tasting as part of World Fair Trade Day. Around 1500 participants will have a unique opportunity to taste Fair Trade wine and enjoy live music, food and local craft vendors. More at Lake Eola Fola wine tasting.

The Merc Coop (Lawrence, KS) to Rally 1000 People for a Fair Trade Coffee Break and Help Reach the Goal of 100,000

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After the success of last year’s World Fair Trade Day celebration at The Coop, they will be keeping the momentum going this year on May 14. This year’s celebration will now feature a movie screening and an orchestrated coffee break. The celebration with around 1000 people will have free giveaways and samples, as well as tables showcasing local Fair Trade groups. Join The Coop event or others in helping reach the goal of 100,000 taking a Fair Trade Coffee Break!

Chicago Becomes Largest US Fair Trade Town

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Chicago this month became the largest Fair Trade Town in the United States and the second largest in the world. Chicago has officially met all of the criteria to be declared a Fair Trade Town and joins the ranks of nearly 1,000 Fair Trade Towns throughout the world, including London, Rome, Barcelona and Boston.

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New Book Offers In-Depth Analysis of Fair Trade Impacts for Coffee Farmers

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In the past few months, Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair-Trade Markets, was published. With few in-depth analyses of Fair Trade yet published, this book is a welcome addition. FTRN’s review is below:

Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair-Trade Markets by Sarah Lyon, 2010 ~ 280 pg. book ~ high school level & above ~ $32.50 paperback.

FTRN says: “The author, drawing from several years of field work in a well-established FLO-certified coop, offers a seemingly balanced analysis of the effects of Fair Trade on Mayan coffee farmers in Guatemala. Besides the usual factors of farmer income and access to credit, the author also studies collaboration in the coop and its organizational capacity, contradictions with certification systems, low producer power in Fair Trade, and producer/consumer relationships portrayed by intermediaries and advertising quite differently from reality.”

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100,000 Expected to Participate in WFTD Events Across N. America

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Hundreds of Sessions to Educate the Public on the Benefits of Fair Trade and Provide Samples of Products from Around the Globe

WASHINGTON, D.C.//May 4, 2011//A record 100,000 people across the US and Canada are expected to participate in hundreds of events over the next two weeks to mark World Fair Trade Day, which is May 14, 2011.  Cities, towns, churches, groups and individuals are planning events to highlight social, economic, and environmental benefits to buying Fair Trade. The events include Fair Trade festivals, Fair Trade coffee breaks, webinars and Fair Trade artisan tours among others.

For information about World Fair Trade Day events in your area or to find out more information about the benefits of buying Fair Trade, go to http://www.fairtraderesource.org/wftd/.

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Group Seeks 10,000 on Petition for Fair Chocolate at Penn State University

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A concerned group recently launched a petition to sell only fair and slave-free chocolate at Penn State University. Penn State is a huge purchaser of chocolate, particularly from companies recognized for poor cocoa sourcing standards. The petition asks Penn State to stop buying from these businesses that use child slavery for labor. See the Fair chocolate petition.

New Website Adds Fair Trade Message to Unused Twitter Space for WFTD

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Called Fair Tweets, the interactive site launched this week allows Twitter users to have their unused twitter characters replaced with a standard message about Fair Trade. Developed by one of the major sponsors of World Fair Trade Day, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the site includes a ticker for the total characters dedicated to Fair Trade, which in the first day amounted to more than 25,000, or an estimated 200-1,000 tweets about Fair Trade.

Fair Trade Austin to Host the Fair Trade Austin Film Festival for WFTD

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Fair Trade Austin and Ten Thousand Villages of Austin will be hosting a Fair Trade film festival in celebration of World Fair Trade Day. The festival will take place from May 12-14 and films will be accompanied by activities such as Fair Trade tastings and markets for around 3000 people:

May 12, 2011 6:30pm–Fair Trade Short Film Competition screening event
May 13, 2011 7:30pm–VIP Fair Trade Wine & Chocolate pairing event
May 14, 2011 12pm-9pm–Fair Trade Film Festival and Global Market

More at Austin Fair Trade Film Festival

Fair Trade Advocates & Producers View FLO Certification As Good, But Not Enough, At Specialty Coffee Conference

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Among the roughly 8000 attendees at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual conference in Houston from April 28-May 1 were hundreds of Fair Trade coffee farmers, and scores of Fair Trade advocates and businesspeople. One key message that FTRN Executive Director Jeff Goldman heard consistently through interviews, casual conversations, seminars and a film was that FLO’s Fair Trade Certification system delivers some benefits to coffee farmers, but not enough to contribute substantially to alleviating poverty or ensuring sustainability.

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