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The Paradox of Fair Trade

In 2011, a rift opened within the fair trade movement. What are the tensions that drove otherwise like-minded activists to form rival camps.


All Food Articles
  • In some places, users of the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can supplement their diet via community supported agriculture.

  • climate_change_agriculture Tanzania might benefit from unexpected trade opportunities resulting from climate change—but the country must enact policies to take advantage of them.

  • The_Last_Hunger_Season_book_cover In The Last Hunger Season, Roger Thurow shares the experience of a year in Africa with four smallholder farmers.

    By Roger Thurow
  • Partners in Health and Abbott Laboratories are building a new plant in Corporant, Haiti to produce a therapeutic food called Nourimanba.

    By Suzie Boss | 1
  • At Panera Cares cafés, there’s a donation box where customers pay on the honor system.

    By Suzie Boss | 10
  • Sambazon’s commitment to social entrepreneurship creates a fair market for farmers in the Amazon

    By Ryan Black & Jeremy Black
  • Disseminating innovations takes a distinct, sophisticated skill set, one that often requires customizing the program to new circumstances, not replicating.

    By Susan H. Evans & Peter Clarke | 2
FAMINE: The Global
Food Crisis and What
We Can Do to Avoid It
Julian Cribb The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It by Julian Cribb

    Reviewed By Janine Yorio
  • New public-private partnerships have led to big leaps in the exportation of Argentinian wine.

    By Jessica Ruvinsky
  • Global warming may end up helping some poor farmers who will be able to sell their crops for higher prices.

    By Jessica Ruvinsky

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All Food Podcasts
  • Pamela Ronald, of the University of California, Davis, talks about how her laboratory, in collaboration with other scientists, developed a variety of rice with sufficient submergence tolerance to survive severe flooding.

    Featuring Pamela Ronald
  • John Kehoe discusses how the chocolate maker TCHO has encouraged social entrepreneurship in developing countries through innovative supply chain practices.

    Featuring John Kehoe
  • Leslie_John_headshot Harvard business professor Leslie John reports on studies providing financial and social incentives to get people to lose weight.

    Featuring Leslie John
  • Ann_Bartuska_headshot In this audio lecture, Dr. Ann Bartuska of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shares her insight on the necessary steps to sustainably feed the nine billion people that will be living on our planet by 2050.

    Featuring Ann Bartuska | 1
  • COO of Bats'il Maya Alberto Irezabal on the social environment in Chiapas and his nonprofit COO of Bats'il Maya Alberto Irezabal talks about the social environment in Chiapas that led to the founding of the organization, and how the co-op works.

    Featuring Alberto Irezabal