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When I eat a warm-out-of-the-oven banana chocolate chip muffin, a wave of chocolatey comfort rolls over me. And then I eat my fourth, and then my fifth, and what remains is more of a lingering guilt and—much to the detriment of anyone around me—a rather obnoxious sugar-high.   

What can I say? I lack self-control. But calories aside, there is more to think about when snacking on your standard banana chocolate chip muffin.


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January 27, 2015

UNBC Designated a Fair Trade Campus

Prince George, BC – The University of Northern British Columbia is now a Fair Trade Campus.

“The Fair Trade Campus designation is the latest example of UNBC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” says UNBC President Daniel Weeks. “Ensuring that products consumed at UNBC are ethically sourced and socially responsible is something the entire university community can take pride in achieving and we will celebrate this designation...

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada: January 14, 15 & 16, 2015

After many months of planning, and a good deal of hard work and commitment by a distributed national team, ENGAGE 2015 will get underway this coming week. This national fair trade conference will be the largest of its kind to date, and will bring together leaders from across sectors in Canada, and around the world.

Keynote speakers will include: Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, Marike de Peña, Chair of the board of Fairtrade International and director and co-founder of...

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Many fair trade advocates willingly contribute to a fairer world for disadvantaged producers. But where does fair trade fit in the larger notion of alternative trade?

In this dense-but-approachable short text, Gavin Fridell, the Canada research chair in international development studies at Saint Mary’s University, examines the concept of alternative trade and how it could provide insight into the growing movement for fair trade. Fridell loosely defines alternative trade as a model that offers three potential components: state power, social welfare, and favour toward poorer groups....

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It’s hard to imagine a tougher way to earn a living than growing and harvesting sugar cane by hand. Small-scale sugar cane farmers in countries such as Paraguay, Belize, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Malawi face dangerous challenges every day challenges that impact their personal health and the environment.

Many farms are located in isolated rural areas where health care, education, transportation, and clean water are often lacking. In traditional farming situations, a sugar cane farmer typically earns US$1 to US$5 a day. To survive, they often need to subsidize their income by...

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