In which the GRACE team tastes and rates 11 brands of Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Certified chocolates. Buying Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolates is an easy way to ensure that your purchasing power supports chocolate growers with sound human rights policies.
Ecocentric writer Chris Hunt, who doesn't care much for chocolate, is an unlikely choice of authors for a Valentine's Day chocolate post. He does, however, have one important qualification: he cares about preventing slave labor.
Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now and native Iowan, is up to his neck in ag issues. You can call it an obsession, but Dave knows the power of the sustainable agriculture movement--and he knows exactly how to harvest it.
Wenonah Hauter talks about the environment, politics and what keeps her up at night. Find out what led to her becoming one of the most prominent environmental advocates/activists and what she's working on now.
Major American universities are practicing "land-grabbing" - buying up African farmland in deals that will likely result in displacement of small farmers, environmental devastation and the further impoverishment and political destabilization. Students and alumni: you have the power to change this.
Maybe February should be "Child Labor Month." If you read Chris Hunt's blog post "Where's the Love, Hershey? On Chocolate and Labor," or if you're familiar with the atrocities that take place in cocoa fields in the Global South, then you will know that child labor is a reality in the chocolate industry today.
The New Economics Institute is a U.S. organization that uniquely combines vision, theory, action, and communication to effect a transition to a new economy--an economy that gives priority to supporting human well-being and Earth’s natural systems. Formerly known as the E. F. Schumacher Society.
Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first successful and largest farm workers union currently active in 10 states. The UFW continues to organize in major agricultural industries across the nation.