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Why The Debate On Trade Should Worry Development Communities 28.10.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Trade has assumed a remarkably prominent position in the US presidential election. In past elections, few topics seemed to dull public attention like tariffs and trade barriers, which meant that politicians typically focused on divisive social issues like abortion and gun control. But trade isn't the clear-cut issue cleanly divided along partisan lines that abortion and gun control are. It featured as much as a core theme in Donald Trump's campaign as it did in Bernie Sanders' run for Democratic nominee. Both candidates used it to appeal across their voter bases, from small manufacturing business owners to unemployed autoworkers. The focus on trade has been such an effective strategy that it's even forced Hillary Clinton to reverse her once-strong support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Clearly, the debate on trade has proved constructive in a number of ways. It's highlighted the compromises made on behalf of unfettered globalization, and ...
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Why Stop The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? 24.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At the Democratic National Convention signs read No TPP, a concert is traveling the U.S. called Rock Against the TPP , and even Donald Trump wants to stop the TPP. Unlike Donald Trump, most of us are not protectionists looking out only for U.S. corporate interests and the rich 1 percent, but rather embrace global trade when it is through fair trade agreements and policies that protect farmers, workers, and consumers around the world as well as protects our planet. Those of us working in the fair trade movement, and in social justice have been working on fighting unjust trade agreements for years, and it is gaining momentum in the mainstream. Community coming together to stop unjust trade deals. So what is the TPP? The TPP is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade agreement between 12 countries -- the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru -- that has been coined by anti-TPP activists as NAFTA on steroids. NAFTA (North ...
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3 Ways to Avoid Fairwashing 1.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Workers process organic coconuts at Fair Trade coconut oil facility Serendipol in Sri Lanka. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Bronner's. by guest blogger Lisa Bronner, writer of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom Fair Trade is a good thing. Authentic Fair Trade includes such principles as direct buying from growers; fair prices; benefit to communities where products are grown; no child labor, forced labor, or otherwise exploited labor; transparency and traceability; and environmental sustainability, among other key components. And the very good news is that Fair Trade initiatives work. As concluded in a 2013 Harvard study , "Fair Trade does achieve many of its intended goals." However, as with any movement that captures consumers' attention and their spending ( over $5.7 billion were spent on Fair Trade purchases in 2014), unscrupulous manufacturers make a grab for some of these profits without engaging in authentic Fair Trade practices. This is fairwashing. No one appreciates being taken for a fool. None of ...
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What We Wear: Another Way to “Vote” 30.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Andrew Moss

For more than two decades, more and more Americans have become aware of the exploitation and violence associated with much of the globalized garment industry producing more than 95 percent of our clothes. A series of media exposures, including the 1996 revelation that TV host Kathy Lee Gifford had endorsed a clothing line produced by Honduran children in sweatshop conditions, spurred a growing consciousness of labor abuses in many countries.

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Meatless Monday: Who Grows Our Food -- the Fair Trade Quinoa Farmers of the Altiplano 23.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The United Nations has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses . Three years ago, as we celebrated the International Year of Quinoa, the original version of this post ran on June 24, 2013 . It's part of Who Grows Our Food, an occasional Meatless Monday series taking a close look at some of the people, so often unsung, who give us the food on our plates. That the United Nations declared 2013 to be the International Year of Quinoa came as news to Rene Chila Mamani. To reach him, you must first fly to La Paz, then drive a full day along dirt roads up, up, up, up the Altiplano, "a high Andean plateau that is basically a desert," says Fair Trade USA's Sarah Connolly, just back from a visit. "It's 12 or 13 thousand feet in altitude and the climate is incredibly harsh. The soil does not have a lot of nutrients, there's very little rainfall." Then, says Connolly, "You see these bursts of red and gold and black patchworked all the way up to the top of this high volcano. It's beautiful." This is ...
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How Living a Sustainable Lifestyle is a Great Way to Give Back 12.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Many millennials are busy making their mark in the world and thinking about their future. From seeking out rewarding careers to making good financial decisions, many of today's millennials are smart and future-focused. Living a sustainable or 'green' lifestyle also needs to be a high priority for younger generations since taking steps to take care of the planet and reduce waste can benefit their kid sand generations to come in numerous ways. Here are just a few ways living a sustainable lifestyle can be a form of philanthropy: Reduces Wasteful Spending Spending money may not seem like a harmful activity but wasteful spending can lead to bad habits that drive up debt and make it difficult to save for the future. Millennials who are mindful about their spending have a better chance of preserving their financial future and taking care of their families financially as they grow older. Managing money effectively might involve working with a budget and being proactive about paring down costs. This will make it ...
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Farm Workers Sue Over Labor Rights in Landmark Case for 'Dignity and Humanity' 10.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Farm workers have sued New York for the right to organize in a groundbreaking lawsuit that demands they receive the same rights as "virtually every other worker," the New York chapter of the ACLU said on Tuesday.

The lawsuit claims that laborers are being forced to work in "life-threatening, sweatshop-like conditions" and are prevented from organizing under threat of retaliation.

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Clinton Commits: No TPP, Fundamentally Rethink Trade Policies 10.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Going into the West Virginia primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come out in opposition to a "lame duck" vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This takes her beyond her previous statements mildly opposing TPP. Clinton also made a strong statement criticizing our country's trade agreements in general. As reported in The Hill, in " Clinton opposes TPP vote in the lame-duck session ," Clinton replied to a questionnaire from the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, which consists of more than 25 labor, environmental and human rights organizations. When asked, "If elected President, would you oppose holding a vote on the TPP during the 'lame duck' session before you take office?" she replied, "I have said I oppose the TPP agreement -- and that means before and after the election." There has been concern that TPP will come up for a vote in the lame-duck session of Congress after the election, and before the next Congress is sworn in. This special session enables votes with little ...
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Are Fair Trade Policies “Extreme?” Is Clinton Ready For Trump On Trade? 28.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Dave Johnson

Is it really “extreme” to think we should have fair trade policies?

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Sanders' Michigan Win Affirms Fair Trade Movement 15.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Bernie's win in Michigan was no "surprise". His surge was testimony to his campaign spirit. It also was based on a Michigan rejection of the false promises of Clinton-era corporate and financial globalization policies like NAFTA and the TPP. Five million US manufacturing jobs were lost between 1997 and 2014. The US lost 850,000 jobs to Mexico alone during 1993-2013 according to the Economic Policy Institute. Hillary's weaknesses on trade will be highlighted in Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. Losses of white working class voters due to corporate-designed trade policies will benefit Donald Trump's campaign through November. The Rust Belt already has seen tremendous Democratic decline at the hands of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, with no sign of reviving the Progressive La Follette tradition there. Wisconsin has become the 25th state to enact right-to-work laws, and its Civil Service system is replaced by one in which a worker can be fired at any time for any reason, a state model of the corporate ...
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Sanders Accepts Challenge to Kill TPP If Elected... Nothing from Clinton So Far 12.3.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Jon Queally, staff writer

Accepting a challenge and passing it on ahead of primary voting in Ohio and elsewhere on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed that if elected president he would refuse to present the contoversial TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to Congress and asked his rival Hillary Clinton to join him in that pledge.

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8 companies that sell high quality fair trade and organic teas 9.3.2016 TreeHugger
Craving the perfect cup of tea on a chilly morning? Here are some companies with ethical business practices worth supporting.
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Why You Need To Stop Buying Cheap Clothes 4.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scoring a sweet deal on an inexpensive shirt feels really good. But when you learn what happens when you're done with that cheap top , you'll feel anything but. You know how the cycle goes: You buy a piece of clothing from an inexpensive chain retailer and wear the item a few times. But before you even realize, the shirt falls quickly out of your fashion rotation. Eventually, whether it takes months or years, you toss the top to make more room. The act seems harmless -- after all, purging your drawers and spring cleaning is key -- but it has a serious effect on the planet and its people. Did you know Americans alone send 10 million tons of clothing to the dump each year? As  Grist's video above details, fast fashion may not charge consumers much, but its cost is enormous on the environment and people who work under bad labor conditions or for less than appropriate wages.  There are some really simple ways to break the unethical habit of consuming fast fashion. Buying fewer items that are more durable, ...
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Short documentary explores Dr. Bronner's quest for fair trade, organic coconut oil 3.3.2016 TreeHugger
When this famous soap company wanted a more ethical source for coconut oil, there were no options available, so it decided to create its own. A sister company called Serendipol in Sri Lanka was born.
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What the Candidates are Saying About Free Trade in the Debates 16.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Below are all the cases during the presidential debates so far in which candidates have mentioned free trade as an issue. (I've edited a little for clarity, as raw transcripts of live debates contain a lot of verbal clutter.) As you'll see, this issue has boiled somewhat hotter on the Republican side, though this is partly just because the Republicans have had more debates, the Democratic National Committee having limited the number on their side. The biggest surprise is that Gov. John Kasich of Ohio ("I'll allow putting that tariff or whatever," January 14) is the number-two fair trader on the Republican side. Ohio, of course, is an industrial state, wounded by free trade, that has been protectionist since President McKinley's day. Don't get excited, though: Kasich's remarks were mild and there's no way of judging the sincerity of even his slight acceptance of the possibility of a tariff under some circumstances. Let's look at the Democrats first. October 13, 2015 Democratic Debate ( source ...
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5 Sustainability-Minded Valentine's Day Ideas 10.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Valentine's Day traditionally means dinner out, roses, and chocolates, but it's 2016, why not think outside the box a little bit? Don't have a date? That's OK too. As true with most holidays, Valentine's Day means spending more money and creating more waste than usual. Good news! There are ways to enjoy the day while spending less and minimizing environmental impact, even if you don't have a date this year. Here are five sustainability-minded ideas that we think would make for a great Valentine's Day: 1. A home-cooked meal from locally-sourced ingredients. Nowadays it's pretty likely you can find locally soured meat and produce where you live. If there aren't signs at the store telling you what's local, just ask, you might be surprised. Going local is important because most food travels far to get to you, emitting greenhouse gas emissions along the way. The commonly cited statistic is that food travels  1,500 miles on average in the U.S. The actual environmental impact from food transport depends on the ...
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Fair Trade Romp in New Hampshire 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
So Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won their respective New Hampshire primaries. From a fair-trade point-of-view, the news couldn't be better. However the Eccentric Billionaire from Queens and the Eccentric Socialist from Brooklyn may differ, on this they agree. As I've written before, I think both Trump and Sanders are for real on this issue. I think their positions on trade are fundamental parts of their respective strategies. Sanders has a long voting record on this issue, and Trump has being talking the talk since at least 2011. Unlike, say, Hillary Clinton, who's trying to sound like a trade hawk without the track record to back it up. Let alone the other Republican candidates, who are still self-professed Kool-Aid drinkers of the "free" trade fantasy, faithful to their corporate funders. So after two decades of abuse of working Americans by unregulated globalization, finally the political response seems to be here. Maybe, of course, it will fizzle out, but I for one think it's the start of ...
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Disease may wipe out the world's bananas 8.2.2016 Environmental News Network
Bananas are at the sharp end of industrial agriculture's chemical war on pests and pathogens, writes Angelina Sanderson Bellamy. But even 60 pesticide sprays a year isn't enough to keep the diseases at bay. It's time to seek new solutions with little or no use of chemicals, working with nature, growing diverse crops on the same land - and breaking the dominance of the banana multinationals.
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These contemporary lamps are made with recycled coffee filters 13.1.2016 TreeHugger
Most people don't think twice about their discarded coffee filters. This artisan collects them and transforms them into elegant lighting.
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TPP, Public Comment Period Open! 6.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last spring and summer we saw an unprecedented social outrage over the fast-tracking of Trans Pacific Partnership legislation. Activists from all sectors converged and spoke with a loud voice against this dangerous "trade" deal. This is important to Americans on both sides of the political aisle as well as anyone concerned with job security, the environment, social justice, or public health. Now the public has an opportunity to weigh-in before it is voted on. The public comment period for TPP is open until January 13, 2016 . If you are not already aware of why this is important to you, then just keep reading. This morning I received a message from Elizabeth Mueller, activist/blogger and independent journalist asking if I would write a piece for Huffington Post. She is the host of the ongoing Facebook Event: "TPP Threatens Our Human Rights". I joined the Facebook Group last spring and found it very informative along with practical steps for concerned citizens to get involved. I asked her for a succinct ...
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