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By Éric St-Pierre

It makes no difference how many mythological hypotheses surround its origins, from a quasi-divine emperor to the Gautama Buddha; one thing is certain: tea is from Asia, and for a long time, its cultivation was under the monopoly of China. This was before 1840, when a British doctor planted the first tea seeds in his garden in Beechwood, Darjeeling, India.

Tea became an integral part of the world’s economies and cultures. Age-old India welcomed it into the Hindu pantheon like a new god. There, tea became a cultural...

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By Randy Hooper

Prices for fruits and vegetables aren’t set until they reach retailers. Uncertainty can be a farmer’s worst enemy.

It’s good that more people are asking where their food comes from. We want to feel connected to our food, right back to the hands that grew it—whether the farmer lives down the road, or on the other side of the world. But very few consumers understand how their food, especially fruits and vegetables, come to be sold in the marketplace.

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By Danny Liang | Engineers Without Borders Guelph Chapter

We are torchbearers in a long relay that started many years before we even set foot on campus, whose brilliant flames were kindled and rekindled by countless people other than our team and our chapter, and whose fire we hope to pass on to the next generation of students who care in the month and years ahead. It is important to bear in mind that our story is simply one piece of the puzzle towards the University of Guelph getting designated as a Fair Trade Campus, a Juggernaut puzzle that involved many students,...

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By Monika Firl

In today’s cyber-sonic lifestyle, where one person’s contributions can get lost in a sea of products and information, co-operative business structures offer “people-centred” solutions.

Co-operatives are owned and run by, and for, their members. They are businesses driven by values and are motivated by more than just profits. While membership structures can include customers, employees, and other supporting organizations, different models share the primary principle that each member has an equal say in decision...

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This November, the University of Guelph became the first Fair Trade campus in Ontario and the third in Canada. Thanks to the efforts of the university's Engineers Without Borders chapter, university administration and hospitality services, Guelph students can now rest assured their campus coffee is 100% ethical.

University-owned catering outlets on the Guelph campus will now serve only Fairtrade certified coffee. That means coffee that meets rigorous social and environmental standards which ensure producers get a fair price for a product...

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