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Raising southern voices: The Kilimanjaro Native Co-operative Union 21.5.2009 Oxfam International campaign articles feed

Climate change does not impact only Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania: the coffee-grower communities based on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro also suffer from the erratic climate.

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Global Economic Crisis: Time for a Cultural Shift? 20.5.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, May 20 (OneWorld.net) - As policy makers at the "top" of the economy and workers at the "bottom" all struggle to find a path out of today's global recession, there is an opportunity to emerge into a society that emphasizes fair trade, corporate responsibiliy and other tenets of equality, say the organizers of a global conference on economics taking place in Italy at the end of the month.

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"Beat Poverty" Event On World Fair Trade Day In Japan 19.5.2009 TreeHugger
Photos from The good people over at are a real insipration here in Japan. This year's World Fair Trade Day was no exception: 800 people showed up to watch their fashion show, there was Taiko drumming by Gocoo, a celebrated band with a lot of energy (watch the video below the fold) and other fashion-related events. Says Safia Minney: Whether you attended a World Fair Trade Day event or not the biggest support you can give is buying Fair Trade and telling your friends about it. ... ...
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New Biodynamic Tea by Zhena's Gypsy Tea 19.5.2009 TreeHugger
Image via: Getty Images Demeter certified Biodynamic balanced tea, in five refreshing, summer fruit flavors, is the latest offering by , maker of organic, fair trade and now biodynamic teas. Now, you've heard of green, natural, even herbal teas, but biodynamic? What does that mean and how does it affect your tea experience? Keep reading to find out more.... ...
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Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on Saturday 7.5.2009 TreeHugger
Image from WFTO It's World Fair Trade Day's 60th birthday on May 9 and time to celebrate with a Big Bang!! That's the theme this year: "bang something (anything) with spoons, sticks, hands, fingers, friends, family, neighbours, a crowd, an audience, a solution. Beat poverty beat climate change beat economic crisis." Big Bang!! is a chance to salute the people and organizations who have dedicated themselves to making Fair Trade a solution not an issue. To kick off the day, there will be a rolling programme of drumming events, starting with a solo drummer at dawn in New Zealand and continuing around the earth with indigenous people drumming in Samoa at sunset on May 9. ... ...
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Autonomie Project Brings Style to Fair Trade Accessories 7.5.2009 TreeHugger
Image via: While not as true as it once was, eco-friendly and clothing often still lacks that special something. is out to prove that idea wrong by providing sustainable, fair trade clothing and accessories that have style and supports the local communities where they are made. ... ...
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Starbucks Makes Big Investment in Fair Trade 20.4.2009 TreeHugger
CoopeTarrazu co-op We love our Small-Marts, independent bookstores, locally owned coffee shops. But you can't get around the fact that when the big boys like Walmart or Starbucks make a move, it has impact. We also love Fair Trade, and you can't get around the fact that while only ten percent of the coffee sold at Starbucks is Fair Trade Certified, that still makes them the largest purchaser in the world, buying forty million pounds of it this year. It can't get enough of the stuff. So now Starbucks is setting up a $20 million Small Farmer Sustainability Initiative (SFSI) to crank up the volume.... ...
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A New Wave of Community Organizers for the Obama Era 11.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Peter Dreier

I usually have about 20 students in the Community Organizing course I teach each year at Occidental College in Los Angeles. So far, 42 students have registered for next fall's class.

I haven't all of a sudden become a more popular professor. There's clearly something happening on American campuses and in the broader culture that's tapping the pent up idealism of today's students. An important element of that new mood on campus is Barack Obama.

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Mars, Inc. Announces Sustainability Commitments for Cocoa 11.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2009 International Labor Right Forum/Organic Consumers Assoc. This Wednesday, a commitment to source 100,000 metric tons of cocoa certified by the Rainforest Alliance annually for use in Mars products. The first product to use Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa will be Galaxy Chocolate in the UK and Ireland beginning in 2010. While Mars refers to the commitment as a "milestone" in advancing sustainable cocoa farming, organizations like the International Labor Rights Forum ...
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Let's Shake Off the Shackles of Free Trade 1.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Noreena Hertz

Today the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economic powerhouses will converge on London. The mood is sombre. They face the greatest global economic crisis yet. They acknowledge that it was man-made: the outcome of extreme risk-taking, shameful lack of oversight and a complacent blindness to the downside of untrammelled free-market economics. They are nervously conscious that decisions must be made without reference to the very tools and theories on which they have relied for the past 30 years.

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Event: Fair Trade Expo in Portland, OR 27.3.2009 TreeHugger
Image via: Enjoy ? Not sure what that means? Well then add this to your list of things to check out this weekend - the , happening this weekend March 27-29 in Portland, OR. Not sure you know what Fair Trade is? No problem, keep reading to find out more.... ...
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SoleRebels: Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Shoes With Plenty of Soul 22.3.2009 TreeHugger
Photo credit: SoleRebels Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu started SoleRebels with her husband and brother in her native village of Zenabwork, Ethiopia, to fill a pressing need—creating jobs where there were almost none. Today, less than four years later, the footwear company employs 40 full-time workers and 100 part-timers who hand-spin and hand-loom the shoes' and turn used tires into meticulously formed soles. ... ...
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5 Surprising Fashion Brands Going Organic 12.3.2009 TreeHugger
Organic cotton t-shirt from H&M, photo via Most of us, when looking for organic, eco-friendly clothes, know enough to skip the mall; sustainable materials and mass-produced clothes with commercial appeal hardly ever overlap. But we guarantee you'll know these five companies, who have enough recognition and reputation to do whatever they want and yet are choosing to incorporate organic materials and sustainable practices into their most popular items. Who knows? You may even have one (or all) of these stores at your local mall.... ...
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Chris Weigant: Exclusive Interview With Rep. Bruce Braley, Populist Caucus Founder And Chairman 12.3.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Representative Bruce Braley recently announced the formation of a new congressional caucus dedicated to the economic concerns of the middle class. The Iowa Democrat (as...
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Cadbury Chocolate to Get Fair Trade Certification 9.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 9 (OneWorld.net) - Cadbury, an iconic candy company in the UK, plans to achieve Fair Trade certification for its famous chocolate bars, a move that will will triple sales for Fair Trade cocoa farmers in Ghana.

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US Advocates Congratulate Cadbury on Fair Trade Chocolate Announcement 7.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

Global Exchange and the International Labor Rights Forum, two organizations leading campaign efforts in the US to improve living and working standards for cocoa farmers around the world, welcome Cadbury's plans to achieve Fair Trade certification for Cadbury Dairy Milk by the end of summer 2009.

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Fair Trade Brings Hope to Palestinian Farmers 2.3.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Mar 2 (OneWorld.net) - The world's first Fair Trade olive oil, which will provide crucial income for impoverished farmers in Palestine, went on sale last week in London.

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People Tree Foundation Launches During Fairtrade Fortnight 2.3.2009 TreeHugger
Image via: People Tree "The future is only ethical business, otherwise we don't have a future." These were the forthright words of People Tree founder last week at the launch of the . At a press gathering organised to coincide with and , Minney, together with the foundation's... ...
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Recession Challenges Fair Trade 21.2.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

MEXICO CITY  - The world economic recession is threatening the progress Latin America has made in fair trade. The leaders of this alternative form of exchange are making emergency contacts in order to assess the situation and come up with strategies to confront it.

Most of the representatives of fair trade organizations interviewed for this report believe the recession's impact is inevitable, but there are some who see the crisis with optimism, such as networks in Argentina and Brazil who go so far as to predict improvements in this sector.

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New Report Released on Valentine's Day Eve: Chocolate and Heartache? 14.2.2009 Commondreams.org Views

For many, Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. For others, Valentine's Day is about pain, heartache, and longing...but it doesn't have to be that way.

Valentine's Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand, but for parents of children trafficked into the cocoa fields and kept there as slaves, our hunger for chocolate is a nightmare of heartache for their stolen children.

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