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Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

How 'Harry Potter' Fans Won Their War Against Child Labor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

The fictional world of "Harry Potter" has made a profound impact on human rights in Muggle society. And it used chocolate to do it. Warner Bros...

Improving the Lives of Farm Workers in Mexico: A Shared Responsibility

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

There are still many challenges, but a lot has changed already -- just in the last 10 years child labor has become almost unheard of on many of the bigger export farms, and more groups are now complying with Mexican labor laws. But of course, more can be done.

Chocolatiers Raising the Bar When It Comes to Hanukkah Gelt

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Sharing their favorite Jewish chocolate experiences recently, a group of about 60 chocolate lovers didn't even mention Hanukkah gelt. That is, until one woman at the New Jersey get-together shared her thoughts on the subject.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

5 Globally Inspired Gifts That Make a World of Difference

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Cari E. Guittard

Every year I search high and low for globally inspired gifts that also make a difference. In part to encourage global learning and traveling as well ...

26 Inspiring Gifts To Share With Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Religion inspires people to do amazing things -- whether it’s forming an interfaith coffee collective in Uganda or repurposing metals used for war i...

A $10 Million Blow to Fair Trade: How a Grant to Fair Trade USA May Take Down a Movement

Dana Geffner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

In theory, news of Bob Stiller's challenge grant should have the fair trade movement jumping up and down. Instead, many of us are wondering if this may be the final blow to the meaningful fair trade that we have advocated for so long.

It's Going to Be a Fair Trade Christmas

Susan Price | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Susan Price

Every year when stores start blasting Christmas music even before I've finished the Halloween candy, I whine about rushing the season. But when I walked into the grocery store last week and heard Jingle Bells, I thought: ornaments!

How to Maximize Your Charitable Impact This Holiday Season

Fair Trade USA | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

The holidays are upon us. As we stock up on gifts for loved ones, many of us are also thinking about donating to a cause -- whether by giving time or money.

The Tote Project: Fashion for Freedom

Michelle Baker | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Michelle Baker

October is fair trade month. For the past five days, I've been sitting with images from a video, Hold On To Hope -- an ad for The Tote Project, a fair trade business started by two friends that serves to empower victims of sex and human trafficking.

Food Day Highlights Injustices Connected to the Food Supply

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Each of us could participate in efforts to right wrongs by protecting our children from the selfish ploys of food manufacturers and restaurants, shifting our food purchases in the direction of organic and Fair Trade foods, and patronizing restaurants that pay decent wages.

Craft Chocolate Sourced and Produced in Africa Fairly and Directly

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Think of the bean-to-bar movement as being in the early stages of the craft beer movement. In fact, many are referring to it as craft chocolate.

How Code Empowers Social Good: The Ben & Jerry's Story

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 10.14.2014 | Huffpost Code
Saeed Jabbar

I sat down with Jim Keyt, Senior Manager of Global Technology Strategy over at Ben and Jerry's to find out just how technology fuels the processes behind your favorite flavors.

10 Reasons Fair-Trade Coffee Doesn't Work

Bruce Wydick | Posted 10.07.2014 | Home
Bruce Wydick

I see you, smugly smiling over your morning cup of fair-trade coffee, gratified at the unimaginable impact your thoughtfully chosen beans must be bringing to poor coffee growers overseas. Well, think again.

Lame Duck Hunt and the Fast Track Flush, Installment #1

Lori Wallach | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Yet more secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are underway today in Washington. Thanks to some hearty protestors braving the heat and humidity to hold a location pointer out in front of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the word got out.

No to 'Boehner' Trade, No to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For the third time this year, three-fourths of the members of House Democratic Caucus have written to the president, rejecting the current framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Be a Social Media Star: 10 Tips for Crowdfunding Filmmakers

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

Social media is not rocket science, but it takes time to build a broad, dynamic, engaged community. Attracting the right audience takes patience, tenacity and a whole lot of authenticity.

Transatlantic Trade Pact Endangers Action on Climate

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The health of our families and our communities are indeed in danger. A newly proposed trade deal with the European Union threatens our climate and hinders the ability of governments and communities to tackle the crisis of climate change.

Zach Carter

Drill Baby Drill: The Secret Trade Memo

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The European Union is pressing the Obama administration to expand U.S. fracking, offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration under...

Zach Carter

Top Obama Official Admits He Hasn't Pursued This Democratic Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between the Obama administration and congressional Democrats over a major free trade pact has only deepened since the president...

Since Bangladesh Factory Collapse, What Has Changed?

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

The factory collapse was a horrific reminder of how important it is to support companies that make treating workers fairly a priority. That means taking more responsibility as consumers.

A Chocolate Recipe For Each Passover Day

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 06.08.2014 | Taste
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Nibs, pieces of cocoa bean, are the least processed form of chocolate available and perhaps the most healthful.

Making the Food Trade Work for All

Daniel Gonzales | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Daniel Gonzales

Fair Trade is a well-established and proven approach to supporting farmers and workers. It's also an important way for consumers to identify products that were grown with care.