Maybe February should be "Child Labor Month." With almost 60 million pounds of chocolate produced for Valentine's Day alone, and a great portion of that produced using child labor, you may want to step away from the chocolate display at your local drugstore and seek out some Fair Trade chocolate.
Taking the high road in labor practices is critical to the establishment of a truly sustainable food system. In honor of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate ongoing progress and increasing momentum as food workers continue to organize for fair wages and better working conditions.
Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.
What do we know about the giant food companies' social and environmental practices even as they produce so many of the familiar food products we buy and eat every day? According to Oxfam's "Behind the Brands" campaign, we don't know enough, and what we do know is a bit troubling.
Connecting our global food with global markets, journalist Fred Kaufman forges a new way of thinking about food prices and food systems in his engaging, informative new book Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food. Spoiler alert: we liked it. Read on!
In October, after years of pressure from conscientious eaters, Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill signed an agreement to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program. The company, which prides itself on "food with integrity," has made a giant step toward real sustainability.
Major American universities are practicing "land-grabbing" - buying up African farmland in deals that will likely result in displacement of small farmers, environmental devastation and the further impoverishment and political destabilization. Students and alumni: you have the power to change this.
Wenonah Hauter talks about the environment, politics and what keeps her up at night. Find out what led to her becoming one of the most prominent environmental advocates/activists and what she's working on now.
Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now and native Iowan, is up to his neck in ag issues. You can call it an obsession, but Dave knows the power of the sustainable agriculture movement--and he knows exactly how to harvest it.
Ecocentric writer Chris Hunt, who doesn't care much for chocolate, is an unlikely choice of authors for a Valentine's Day chocolate post. He does, however, have one important qualification: he cares about preventing slave labor.
In which the GRACE team tastes and rates 11 brands of Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Certified chocolates. Buying Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolates is an easy way to ensure that your purchasing power supports chocolate growers with sound human rights policies.
A short interview with CIW representative Lucas Benitez on working conditions, worker's rights, health and wage issues and the Campaign for Fair Food.