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It is hard not to appreciate the delicate symmetry of an Ecuadorian rose. Flower-buying Canadians agree; in 2013, 59 percent of Canada’s 130 million imported roses came from Ecuador. Another 39 percent, more than 50 million, came from Colombia. Roses make a classic romantic gift, but when you consider how workers endure low pay, long hours, dangerous conditions, and flaky contracts, the bouquet you hand out—no matter the occasion—could symbolize much more than your affection.

A history of strained labour relations...

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September 21, 2015 | Calgary, Alberta. Kicking off Fair Trade Campus week celebrations across Canada, the University of Calgary leads the way and sets a high bar by becoming officially designated Alberta’s first and Canada’s tenth Fair Trade Campus!

An event was held in the university’s Sustainability Resource Centre, which celebrated the new designation, where a certificate was delivered commemorating this achievement. Students, faculty and staff were in attendance, sampling Fairtrade products like coffee and chocolate, and engaging in discussion on Fairtrade. Engineers Without...

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In 1996, a small group of farmers created the Asociación de Productores de Mangos del Alto Piura (APROMALPI) on the northern coast of Peru, where, for many years, small-scale farmers have produced a variety of crops for both export and domestic markets, as well as for their own consumption.

 Collectively, APROMALPI members own 340 hectares of organic certified orchard land, with each member’s plot averaging about two hectares in size. It’s a...

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It’s very important to understand what producers are doing with Fairtrade Premiums, because the choice is not just about your ability to pay for fair trade products but about the communities where you can see practical projects in the interests of the community.

This is a school constructed from Premiums. This is not to say that our government is not making an effort to build schools in our communities. You may all be very much aware that your...

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The avocado, also referred to as the alligator pear, is a berry belonging to the family Lauraceae, which also includes culinary staples such as cinnamon and bay leaves.

The majority of avocados we eat are the Hass variety, named after its initial planter, propagator, and patent-owner, Rudolph Hass, who planted the first of its kind in California in 1920. The original tree succumbed to root fungus in 2002, after being tended by Hass’s children for 50 years after his death

In Canada, the popularity and...

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