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Making All Harry Potter Chocolate Fair Trade

Andrew Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andrew Slack

Chocolate being sold in Harry's name is not fair trade. The fair trade label is the most realistic way that we can know that the cocoa farmers were treated fairly, transparently, and with the chance of upward mobility.

Weekly Audit: Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkis

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkisby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Last week, the Federal Reserve announced a plan...

My Bracelet Makes a Businesswoman (VIDEO)

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

My jewelry says I have contributed to increasing food security, boosting literacy rates, and improving housing conditions for women and their children in Rwanda.

The Shirt Off Your Back (VIDEO)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Against this backdrop of unfair trade barriers and underhanded market competition, in Liberia a fair-trade clothing factory is competing internationally. It is globalization to believe in.

The Hoop Fund: The 'Kiva' Of Fair Trade

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In August 2010, an online lending platform called The Hoop Fund launched, inviting users to "lend," "produce" and "enjoy" products from dark chocolate...

Emma Watson: The New Face Of Fair Trade

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Emma Watson is the newest celebrity to advocate for fair trade groups worldwide, reported Wednesday. Watson visited India this summe...

Natural Burial Is Gaining Ground: Advocates Are Speaking Up Across North America

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anne Dilenschneider

Throughout the United States there is increasing interest in natural burial as a way to honor lives that have been lived with care for the planet.

Going Fair Trade

David Bronner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Bronner

The fair trade movement had initially emerged around coffee, cocoa and tea, major commodities whose producers globally routinely suffered from major price fluctuations and exploitative trading practices.

Food and Faith: Agriculture as a Theological Act

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

I always imagined there was a link between faith and a milker's grip. But for the first 25 years of my life, these loosely held notions remained in the background of my thinking and living.

Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship to Fight Slavery

Diana Mao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

Human trafficking is a $91.2 billion industry. It is the world's second largest criminal enterprise, topped only by the illegal drug trade. For victims, the emancipation process is extremely challenging.

International Financier Invests in Jobs

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The Calvert Foundation's mission is to maximize the flow of capital to disadvantaged communities in order to create a more equitable and sustainable society. It is the anti-Wall Street bank.

Natural Burial Is a Gentler Way to Leave

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

Commercial funeral practices put gallons of embalming fluid, and tons of metal and exotic hardwoods into the ground. And I was surprised to learn that cremation is equally polluting and energy-intensive.

Obama's Trade Opportunity

Rep. Linda Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Linda Sanchez

The President has the opportunity to show the world that the U.S. is leading the charge when it comes to expanding trade fairly while guaranteeing well-being at home and abroad.

Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing Must Be Bipartisan Cause

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edwin D. Hill

Maybe we'll never get back to the post-WW II days when our country was the world's only industrial power, but we've got to start somewhere and regain as much ground as possible.

Natural Burial Expo 2010: Learn How to "Green" Your Farewell

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anne Dilenschneider

The Natural Burial Expo 2010 is being held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2010 at St. Paul's Christian Church in Raleigh, NC. Organizers r...

Cafe Moto Brews Globally, and Locally, Responsible Coffee

Scott Ballum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Ballum

This article originally appeared on As easy as it was to schedule a meet up with Cafe Moto owner Torrey Lee, it's much harder to pin do...

"Relationship Coffee": A Crop, not a Commodity

Andrew Ruben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andrew Ruben

By meeting with coffee farmers, an economic relationship can become a meaningful personal partnership of farmer, barista and customer. Hence, "relationship coffee."

What Is A Conscious Consumer? | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

In the name of living our yoga, we spend more money on organic items, buy fair-trade and goods made in the USA, and we donate our old yoga mats to tho...

Fair trade organic Teas For Spring

Mother Nature Network | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green


Made in the USA: The Anti-Starbucks Revolution

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Charlotte Jensen | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

As the U.S. economy limps unspectacularly toward recovery, scrappy and creative independent coffeehouses across the nation continue to thrive and flou...

The Innovation Delusion

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Pundits like Thomas Friedman are wrong to think that we can simply scale up R&D to a degree where it can be equally traded for the huge quantity of things we need but don't make in this country.

Q&A with Manufacturing Business Expert Richard McCormack

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Manufacturing is essential to the US economy, but politicians seem clueless about that -- Richard McCormack explains why.

Haitian Garment Workers Should Get at Least $5 a Day

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Should Haitian workers whose jobs are supported by U.S. consumer demand be forced to sleep on the street and live on $3.09 per day?

Tea, Green: Five Experts Serve Up Their Favorite Eco-Friendly Brews

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

The tea industry has an ugly history of deforesting, damaging biodiversity, and using pesticides. To promote more enlightened sipping, we asked five experts to name their preferred brew.

Ethical Chocolate Sweetens the Deal

Anneli Rufus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Anneli Rufus

Green & Black's -- a UK-based company whose entire range of premium bars is already 100 percent organic -- has committed to going 100 percent Fair Trade this year.