fair trade

An anti-Starbucks rally. Photo: Travis Forden.

Boycott Starbucks! Here's five strong reasons why

Katherine Paul
Ronnie Cummins
| 5th June 2014
Starbucks has positioned itself as a 'progressive' brand - but it's no such thing. It refuses to commit to fair trade coffee, organic milk, GMO-free / organic foods and snacks, and supports the mighty Grocery Manufacturers Association, lobbyist for GMOs and industrial agriculture.

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Farmers unite!

Ed Hamer
| 1st April 2009
The uniting of 800 million rural workers against the loss of their traditional way of life gives lie to globalisation’s claims to beneficence. Resistance is far from futile, says Ed Hamer

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Good clean fun

Matilda Lee
| 30th March 2009
It began as a student project: environmentally-friendly underwear with a message. But Green Knickers has taken off - to the delight of its founders. Matilda Lee reports

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Outfitting Africa

Joe Turner
| 19th March 2009
Dressing poorer countries in our designer cast-offs while we invest in shabby sweatshop chic? Invest in their infrastructure, not vetements, argues Joe Turner

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Sustainable style is a click away

Matilda Lee
| 3rd March 2009
If you're looking for stylish yet ethically produced clothes you may leave the high street empty-handed. Online, eco-boutiques offer organic, 'reclaimed to wear', and fairly traded designer collections, ultimately making shopping more enjoyable.

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Bananas: from plantation to plate

Ed Hamer
| 2nd June 2008
What could be more cheerful than this ubiquitous breakfast fruit? But if you’re not buying them Fairtrade and organic, argues Ed Hamer, then you’re buying into a modern agricultural scandal

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Hell for leather

Jim Wickens
| 1st June 2008
Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods.

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Corporate organics

Ed Hamer
| 22nd May 2008
Can big ever be beautiful where organic foods are concerned? Ed Hamer gets to grips with one of the environmental consumer’s greatest dilemmas

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The end of food as we know it

Joanna Blythman
| 1st March 2008
It’s 2008, and feeding ourselves has never been easier. We take for granted a supply of every agricultural commodity on the planet, 365 days a year. Food is cheap. Never in living memory have we spent less on it as a proportion of our total expenditure. Even our poorest citizens can afford the luxury foods of yesteryear, like salmon and chicken.

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Behind the eco labels: Fairtrade

Pat Thomas
| 1st April 2007
At heart, fair trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation. It creates opportunities for producers in the developing world who have been economically disadvantaged by the conventional trading system and ensures they receive a fair price for their goods, and support and education for sustainable farming practices.

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The Ecologist's 'Real Green Budget'

Mark Anslow
| 23rd March 2007
Environmentalists had waited with baited breath for the Chancellor's 2007 Budget. Gordon Brown had intimated that it would be the 'greenest ever'. In fact, it was a resounding disappointment.

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Not so much 'green' as 'cabbage looking'

Molly Scott Cato
| 22nd March 2007
Gordon Brown's Budget was disappointing. But not just because of its economic niceties. It fails to address key issues which have become taboo amongst economists - money, debt and economic growth. Molly Scott Cato, a green economist and Senior Lecturer in Social Economy at the Cardiff School of Management, addresses all three...

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