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Our members have been working to promote fair trade since 1996. At the time, there were only two points of sale for fair trade products in all of Quebec. Although fair trade products like coffee, chocolate and bananas are now readily available, North-South inequities persist.  With the exception of the occasional fundraising item, we have never sold fair trade products....
How can you tell if a family is environmentally conscious? There are different signs that give such families away. For some, it is a penchant for biking. For others, it is a love of public transit.  Sometimes, you have to be in a family's kitchen to know. Is their fridge full of locally grown food? That is a pretty big indicator. Look in the pantry. Do you see organic or...
Support Éric St-Pierre, photojournalist and founder of the Association québécoise du commerce équitable, in his nomination as francophone fair trade personality of the year for 2012. To vote for Éric, go to the Ekitinfo website (in French only). But hurry, you only have until the end of January. Crédit: ©Fanny Lasselin
Does your organization sell certified fair trade products? You may be eligible for a new fair trade award. Fairtrade Canada is launching the Canadian Fairtrade Awards. The goal is to highlight Canadian retailers who have done the most to promote fair trade products to their customers over the past year, especially during Fair Trade Fortnight, Canada's annual celebration of...
Until recently, for coffee to be certified fair trade, it had to be produced by a democratically run co-ooperative. But Fair Trade USA is opening the fair trade market to other types of producers, including the big coffee plantations, in a bid to double U.S. sales for fair trade producers by 2015. This initiative, which is called Fair Trade for All, has been met with mixed...