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Simon Fraser University (SFU) recently made headlines in Vancouver as Canada’s second Fair Trade Campus.

While UBC also celebrated its one-year anniversary as a certified campus, SFU’s designation could be a more significant marker for institutional change in Canada. 

Unlike UBC, which handles its food services in-house — and even produces many of its food products on campus — SFU outsources its food service contracts to the large multinational food company, Chartwells. It’s a scenario more typical of other institutions across Canada.

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Fair trade is about making connections. As consumers, we’re inevitably distanced from the producing arm of farmers working in developing countries. 

In an effort to connect either end of the supply chain, Santiago Paz, co-director of CEPICAFE (Central Piurana de Cafetaleros) in Northern Peru, recently toured four Canadian cities during May 1–8.

Over the last 20 years, the Peruvian native has worked closely with organized producers in his ...

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