Computergirl's musings!: That's a Fair Trade! Fairtrade Fortnight!
[Computergirl's musings!] While I agree with the principle of paying producers a fair slice, there is an arguement that fairtrade artificially raises prices, causing an economic incentive to greater production. For example, fairtrade cocoa and coffee is, at times, responsible for deforestation and damage to the ecosystems because people are damaging areas in order to grow it, spurred on by higher price signals.
[MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones] 5 Ways to Sip a Cocktail and Save the World | Mother Jones: At the San Francisco Green Festival last Saturday, Fair Trade Spirits's Danny Ronen and wine importer Michael Hutchinson unveiled a few brands of alcohol that prove a fine Merlot can also be socially conscious. 1 gallon fair-trade Merlot;
[Olive on Blonde] Green Up Your Diet | Olive on Blonde: “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.
[Drinks] Coffee-to-English Dictionary, Part IV: Decoding the Coffee Bag ...: Tasting notes: Just as a wine label might contain flavor descriptors, often a high-quality coffee will come with a list of particular flavors or characteristics recognized by the roaster when he or she is tasting the coffee. The list might include things that indicate the aromas, flavor, or fruit-like qualities present in the cup, in addition to body characteristics, or the tactile feel of the coffee in the drinker's mouth (e.g.
[Kavey Eats] Extra Fair Trade! » Kavey Eats: At the moment, world market prices happen to be high but the advantage of Fairtrade is the consistency of income in a constantly fluctuating market. On top of that is the $150 premium paid on each tonne purchased, which is invested in farmer support and community development programmes ranging from building primary school classrooms, constructing wells, and investing in corn mills to gender awareness and women’s empowerment workshops to seminars on issues such as nutrition, child care, health and finance.
[Green Planet Ethics - Global Warming - Climate Change - Sustainable Solar Energy - Environment - Child Labour Sweatshops - Man Made Disasters - Noise Pollution - Water Pollution - Air Pollution] Mango Chutney How to Make Your Own Fair Trade Certified Version: Mango Chutney How to Make Your Own Fair Trade Version tangy condiment that goes well with Indian curries and other dishes and if you use fair trade ingredients. To cut the flesh away from the hairy pit, slice lengthwise down the mango and avoid the rough, sandpapery feeling pit.
[Re-Nest] Another Reason to Go Local? Global Deforestation | Apartment ...: ... organic, local, and ethical), here's another reason to ask where your food comes from. This article at Planet Green rounds up seven common foods that contribute to deforestation worldwideincluding rice, sugarcane, and palm oil (that wonderful ingredient that makes peanut butter easier to stir). ... be a few things we buy. Fair trade coffee, and the occasional oranges, bananas, and avocado. We all have our weaknesses. posted by acbuiten on 03.11.10 at 12:39PM ...
[Coffee Dome] What is Organic and Fairtrade Tea and Coffee? | Coffee Dome: Tea or coffee qualifies as organic only when environment-friendly techniques are employed in its production. An organic unit should essentially be a self-sustaining one, designing the farm at the time of establishment of new organic tea or coffee plantation is crucial for optimum utilization of resources within the plantation itself.
[TomBomb.Com] TomBomb.Com: In the New Networked Economy, Authenticity Is a ...: Now, through its Website store, Langston's is gaining the attention of a rabidly loyal global audience -- customers in far-flung places like Osaka and Shanghai who hunger for a genuine slice of the American West. Knock-offs they can get locally, with "Made in .
[Latest Activity on Earth Day Network] The Dirty Secrets of 6 Scandalous Foods - and Healthy Alternatives ...: For example, I learned that the dominance of corn in our food products is not only dangerously threatening to our own individual health, but has resulted in massive deforestation across the world. In addition, the widespread .
["Just a little slice of light"] No more palm oil please Can't we have true vegan alternatives ...: At the same time, we need to make a fuss with groups such as Rainforest Action Network (linked in your first para), Defenders of Wildlife, and other conservation groups that evidently don’t think veganism is a principle worth promoting. It’s ~the~ principle worth promoting (and as you point out, destruction of rainforests is a vegan issue;
[Axel and Sophie Steenbergs Blog: News, Views and Chat about Spices, Tea, Recipes and the Environment] Should We Encourage People From Countryside To Cities? | Axel ...: I suppose what I am saying is that if farmers cannot make a living wage from growing sugar or tea or vanilla or fruits or rice, shouldn’t we encourage more of them to move to cities so then less people grow these crops, so then there is a relative shortage of supply over demand and then prices will go up until farmers can then earn a living wage or more. Are we not just perpetuating an imbalance of excess supply over actual demand by offering a bit above market prices via Fairtrade?
[Titinan11d Blog] Titinan11d Blog Nicaraguan Coffee Culture: Free Trade and Organic ...: As these co-ops began forming more direct connections to European Fair Trade and the US specialty roasters, they realized the need to unite even more to be able to focus on specialized commercialization practices and meet the increasing demands of the changing global coffee economy. These newer export-focused coops included specialized agricultural processing infrastructure, strong quality assurance programs, and highly trained professional staff, simultaneously strengthening their ability to support education, housing, and environmental projects among their members.In addition to quality improvement, many of these co-ops have used their Fair Trade premiums to reinvest in their co-ops, creating social programs for their members.
[Oberlin Blogs] Oberlin Blogs | Blog Entry: "Key Moments (Part II)": We made a big poster for Earth Day focusing just on the environmental issues (which include deforestation, promotion of monoculture, lots of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers, and the carbon footprint of getting the bananas from the equatorial .They listened attentively to all our research about the atrocities committed by Dole and Chiquita, and were excited when we told them about an alternative we've researched: Fair Trade bananas from Equal Exchange.
[EnergyRefuge.com Blog] U.S. HCPV Company Gets Slice of Chinese Market: The company signed an agreement with a second of the five national power utilities in China, for the supply and installation of OPELs HCPV systems to be deployed in the region of Inner Mongolia in China. OSA is a joint venture between OPEL Solar in the U.S. and Ecotech Environmental Technology, based in Hong Kong.
Posted at March 2, 2012 09:35 AM
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