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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 | Food

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.

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...