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3 Keys to Becoming Compassionate Consumers

GAIAM TV | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business

For Perkins, "corporatocracy" refers to the recognition that governments, including our own, are controlled by corporate interests. The motto of these corporations, globally, is to maximize profits by any means necessary.

Fair Trade in Africa Moves From Food to Fashion

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Yuliya Neyman

The idea of fair trade as a development tool is old news. But, last week's extension of the fabric provision of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act has brought into focus a whole new way of doing it.

New Internet Plug-In Blocks Out Clothing Products Made By Child Laborers

Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact

You can now add to your online cart knowing that you're not adding to the global problem of child labor. A recently-launched internet plug-in calle...

Fight Poverty In Your Underwear!

Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact

One Texas woman wants you to be able to fight poverty before you even put any clothes on. When Tara Smith came home from volunteering with the Pea...

Killer Bees or the Sweet Life: How Fair Trade Is Paving the Way Out of Poverty in Uganda

Chris Bashinelli | Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact
Chris Bashinelli

If not for fair trade, entrepreneurs like Kibwana would have trouble taking the first leap into business. In a region where poverty and malnutrition paint the landscape, fair trade has changed the game.

Energy Fair Trade

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeannie E. Javelosa

If tangible fair trade movement is about making sure each party gets a fair share of their payment for the commodity, then energetic fair trade means each party must also get a balanced and fair share of the energies being sent out and received.

Fair Trade: A Utopian Concept Surviving in a Dystopian World

Odelia Kaly | Posted 09.18.2012 | Teen
Odelia Kaly

Throw your metaphorical corporate life out of the proverbial window and start afresh by sustaining the earth and its inhabitants. This is change we can believe in.

What the Candidates Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It is critical to remember that we do not operate in a vacuum; we are in an international competition for manufacturing market share. Other countries engage in competitive efforts to attract manufacturing, whether it consists of our own, or their own, companies.

Fair Trade Can Help Close America's Jobs Gap

Pat Choate | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Pat Choate

Without a new trade policy that effectively opens closed foreign markets and brings the U.S. trade accounts in balance, the United States will be unable to create the millions of new jobs our economy so desperately needs.

Are You Willing To Pay More For Goods To Keep Kids Out Of Factories?

Diana Mao | Posted 09.14.2012 | Impact
Diana Mao

I have often wondered about the scalability of fair trade. It all boils down to how much the consumer is willing sacrifice and pay. Are consumers wi...

Arms Trade Treaty: 193 Voices

Lin Evola | Posted 07.13.2012 | Arts
Lin Evola

We are at a new threshold in history. A time is present when the whole world is showing up to discuss the trade of weapons. This week, the Non-Gover...

Green Mercantilism Is a Threat to the Clean Energy Economy

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.29.2012 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Green Mercantilists like China, South Korea and Ukraine are adopting policies that give them and their domestic firms an unfair advantage, which not only harms the United States, but also limits global clean energy innovation.

Backdoor Talks on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Aim to Globalize Corporatocracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business
Michelle Chen

You might think corporate money corrupts our political system, but the international trade system is where money really talks. The White House is touting the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a "21st century" trade deal, but many activists see it as a regression into economic imperialism.

Obama Campaign Attacks Romney's Bain Outsourcing - But Support for Outsourcing Is Bipartisan Corruption

Zaid Jilani | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics
Zaid Jilani

The overall narrative being created by the Obama campaign is clear: Romney has through his business practices supported outsourcing in the past, and is likely to in the future -- unlike President Obama. Unfortunately, the story is not that simple.

Pure Refreshment: The Greenest Convenience Drinks

Sierra | Posted 08.19.2012 | Home

You're on the road and parched, your Hydro Flask is empty, and the gas station's drinking fountain looks like a urinal. Good news: You can douse your thirst -- and your guilt -- with these eco-suggestions from our panel of beverage experts.

Chocolate Salad, Chocolate Sandwiches

Anneli Rufus | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Anneli Rufus

Got so much chocolate around the house that you don't know how to use it all? Love chocolate so much that you want to eat it in every meal of the day, not just for dessert but in actual food? Yes, you can.

The Last of the Tea Pluckers

Seth Goldman | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Seth Goldman

What's the difference between an illiterate tea plucker and a Microsoft engineer? One generation. And Fair Trade funds.

Field Notes on Food Justice: Why Your Local Grocery Store Makes Farmworkers Poor

Greg Asbed | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green
Greg Asbed

"Fresh and Fair from Florida"... Five words that would look so beautiful stamped on your next tomato purchase. Five words that would signify a revolution in agricultural working conditions.

How Opening A Fair Trade Store Brought Global Perspective To A Small Town

Christine Prois | Posted 07.12.2012 | Impact
Christine Prois

The premise of my store was to provide a place where fair trade items from international artisans would be available. I wanted to provide a place where the "locals" could come together with some of the newcomers to our small town.

TPP: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You (Video)

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Lori Wallach


Can I Be Healthy if Someone Else Isn't?

Ashley Koff | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Ashley Koff

I learned that, for women and girls around the world, they don't have control over their health. What I also learned is that everything I do to optimize my health relates directly, is in fact, inextricably linked, to the health of the world's women and girls.

Spread of HIV Linked to Fishery Collapse: Is Fair Trade Fish an Answer?

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Importantly, the overfishing crisis is not just about food. It is, perhaps surprisingly, about HIV/AIDS.

The iPhone and Consumer Guilt

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

Next time someone says they feel guilty for owning an iPhone, ask if they were the one who decided to maintain a 73% profit margin while underpaying workers on 18-hour-shifts. To roll out new models at breakneck speed? To use conflict minerals and toxic chemicals?

Free Trade Like Manna From Heaven for Middle East Entrepreneurs

James Doran | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
James Doran

The free-zone model should be given equal consideration by the new governments as they forge important new ties.

Even With Daisey's Lies Peeled Away, Apple's Rotten Core Exposed

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Technology
Michelle Chen

If one fundamental truth has emerged from the scandal surrounding Daisey's dramatic fudging, it's that the lived reality of many Chinese workers is undoubtedly bleak -- no embellishment needed.