Sunday, July 9, 2017

Equal Exchange Blog ... "Building Democracy in Tea"

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.

Building Democracy in Tea

Rink Dickinson and Deepak Khandelwal introduced some of the thinking behind our new Equal Exchange Action Forum and our analysis of some of the overarching trends which pose a problematic and bleak future for democracy, economic justice, and environmental sustainability within the global food system. They wrote about the fact that there are very few alternative trade organizations (ATOs) like Equal Exchange, who value people over profit and seek to nurture larger systemic change throughout supply chains. In the case of tea, for example, it is highly likely that the tea products lining grocery store shelves—even tea sold as Fair Trade—are sourced from huge plantations with horrendous labor conditions ...

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