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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
Sierra

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

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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.

Fashion With a Conscience

Phil Shepherd | Posted 05.21.2012 | Style
Phil Shepherd

Shelton Green, risking everything for his unwavering dream, has created a line of fashion that both looks great and is conscious of the people who have created it.

Joe Satran

Sales Of Fair Trade Products Explode

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home

These days, companies that sell fair trade-certified food might be doing much better than "fair." Sales of products with Fair Trade USA's seal of app...

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.