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The Case For Fair Trade Porn

Erika Christakis | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Erika Christakis

Pornography is a fact of life, and parental controls and moralizing spoilsports won't make a dent in its exponential growth. But the bar needs raising. Maybe Fair Trade porn could reconnect us to a better relationship with the human body.

Bring Fair Trade to Electronics

Yu Zhou | Posted 03.30.2012 | Technology
Yu Zhou

Debates in the United States in response to these disclosures have been how to assign blame or whether consumers can force Apple to be more ethical. This is not enough. The problems are certainly not limited to Apple or Foxconn.

WATCH: Why You Should Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

Posted 01.27.2012 | Latino Voices

Ah chocolate. One of life's glorious pleasures. But did you know the chocolate bar you’re eating may have been produced with child slave labor? Yes,...

Md. Man Reinvests Salary From Fair Trade Business For Nepali Woman

Potomac Patch | Posted 01.25.2012 | Impact

Making the rounds during the Internet start-up craze in the 1990s, Potomac resident Ed Edmondson worked to help develop the product marketing and busi...

WATCH: Did Someone Say Vegan Chocolate Pudding?

Posted 01.12.2012 | Latino Voices

Organic dark chocolate over 70% cacao is not only sexy and delicious, but good for you. Cacao contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds in...

Kardashians Brand Accused Of Child Labor Violations

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 12.22.2011 | Small Business

The temptations of taking manufacturing overseas can be hard to resist: lower production costs, quick turnover and even better quality. But the risks ...

Food of the Gods

Kwei Quartey | Posted 02.05.2012 | Impact
Kwei Quartey

Sub-Saharan Africa produces 70-74 percent of the world's cocoa beans. Should anything wipe out the cocoa crop from either of these producer nations, there is no other country that could quickly take up the slack.

Astoria Characters: The Sister to the World's Women

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.05.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Maureen McGowan is the director of Handcrafting Justice, a Sisters of Good Shepherd project that sells handmade goods made by impoverished women in the developing world. This is no mom-and-pop charity.

Can We Change the World by the Way We Shop?

Francine LeFrak | Posted 01.11.2012 | Style
Francine LeFrak

Imagine walking into your local department store, picking out a shirt and eyeing its tag, which says "This product was made in Rwanda by Consolee."

A Tipsy Heaven In Argentina

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 01.11.2012 | Travel
Jennifer Hamady

The five acres were originally purchased by Gabriela's grandmother in 1936. Malbec vines and olive trees had been planted at the turn of the century and meticulously maintained.

Holding Hands to Surround the White House: Environmental Leaders Speaking at Green Festival L.A. Urge Action

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 01.05.2012 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

This Sunday, people will have the chance to hold hands surrounding the White House, and to ask President Obama to live up to his campaign promise to "end the tyranny of oil," by saying no to Tar Sands.

Candy Politics: The Dark Side Of Chocolate

Menuism | Posted 12.27.2011 | Food
Menuism

Many chocolate lovers consume and enjoy chocolate without ever thinking about where it comes from or how it was produced. However, there are many issues surrounding the production of chocolate that are important for consumers to be aware of.

A Helpful Halloween: Ideas For Giving Back

Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact

When it comes to choosing your costume this Halloween, try this one on for size: go as a do-gooder. Even though Halloween typically takes the back ...

It's NAFTA x3 as Free Trade Deals Sweep Through Congress

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Free trade deals have always been less about creating jobs than exporting neoliberal ideology to the Global South, thereby accelerating poor nations' cascade toward low labor standards, environmental exploitation and deregulation.

Mitt Romney's Plan to Replace Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Mitt Romney has made tough statements about dealing with China which, if sincere, would not only put him beyond the other major Republican candidates on trade, but also far beyond what the Obama administration is doing.

Trade Policy: Countering the Walmart Effect

David Coates | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Our current trade imbalance with China will not be fixed by currency manipulation alone, because American economic vulnerability is not rooted simply in the relative strength of the dollar.

Free Trade Deals Will Export American Jobs, Not American Products

Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

In the midst of unprecedented long-term unemployment, I cannot support trade agreements that repeat the mistakes of previous trade deals that shipped millions of American jobs overseas.

Walmart's Foray Into Fair Trade Art: Is It Real?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts

Despite its reputation for signaling the end of the "mom and pop" shop, Walmart may be embracing business model that has some small-scale suppliers do...

The U.S.-Colombia FTA: Still a Bad Deal for Human Rights

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Lisa Haugaard

In Washington, Congress is nearing a vote on the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. Human rights, labor, environmental and faith-based groups agree: this agreement is a bad deal for human rights in Colombia.

Obama's Free Trade Sleight of Hand

Tim Robertson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

Obama is ignoring growing opposition from his Democratic base and voters across the political spectrum to resurrect policies Congress has refused to approve for over four years. And to get his message across, he's using every trick in the book.

How Fairer Trade Can Help Solve The Jobs Crisis

Bloomberg | Alan Tonelson | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan, if passed by Congress, might spark some activity and even some employment in the moribund U.S. economy. But ...

Curtis M. Wong

Saving The Rainforest By 'Going Beyond' Fair Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.25.2011 | Impact

Eliot Logan-Hines promised himself he'd save the rainforest at just 6 years old. "I remember watching this creek behind my house [in Austin, Texas...

Economy, Jobs And Morality

Doug Demeo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Doug Demeo

There can be no quick fixes, no magic bullets and no wearisome blame games. A conversation about what constitutes an enduring economy is something that we all have a vested interest in.

The Obama Jobs Plan: Offshore the Jobs Americans Don't Want?

Tim Robertson | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk doesn't believe many middle-class manufacturing jobs will be a part of America's future. Like many free trade proponents, he views the loss of these jobs as inevitable.

Socially Conscious Design

Joel Edmondson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Arts
Joel Edmondson

Many furniture and apparel brands are marketing products in the marketplace as "socially responsible" and "fair trade", using celebrity curators to gr...