Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’
1. Cookie Monster’s audition tape for Saturday Night Live (via Eater)
2. 5 Reason to enjoy a Heritage Turkey this Thanksgiving (via Eatocracy)
3. 6 Essential Shortcuts in the Kitchen (via Care2)
4. 10 tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving (via Alternet)
5. Make This Delicious…. Braided Lemon Bread Recipe
October is Fair Trade Month, and Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA), the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today launches the organization’s seventh annual national Fair Trade awareness campaign. Themed “Every Purchase Matters,” Fair Trade Month unites Fair Trade USA’s diverse corporate, nonprofit and individual supporters in hundreds of events, promotions and fund-raising activities across the United States. The goal is to generate awareness of Fair Trade and to empower consumers to use their day-to-day purchases to improve the lives of farming families and protect the environment. Additionally, Fair Trade USA’s Board of Directors will match every contribution made to the non-profit organization during October, up to $10,000.
“Once limited to coffee, U.S. consumers can now choose from more than 6,000 Fair Trade Certified products that span cosmetics, chocolate, spices, produce, grains, flowers, wine, spirits, and even fashion,” said Paul Rice, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA. “The Fair Trade Certified label empowers consumers to make every purchase matter. It gives you the confidence that the high-quality products you love were sustainably produced and can have a positive impact on your own well being, on the people who produced them, and on the environment.”
In 2009 alone, consumer purchases generated more than $14 million dollars for education, health care, clean water and other vital social services to support the more than 1.2 million farming families in the Fair Trade network around the world. And Fair Trade supporters have contributed to significant momentum in 2010. Ben & Jerry’s and Green & Black’s kicked-off the year by announcing they would convert 100 percent of their products to Fair Trade Certified ingredients; Fair Trade USA reported that certified coffee imports were up 25 percent and 47 percent of all imports were also organic; Fair Trade cooperative CECOVASA was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Cupping Competition; and the Fair Trade Towns USA campaign increased the number of official Fair Trade Towns from 13 to 20, including Boston.
This Fair Trade Month promises to engage more consumers than ever before. Each day is sponsored by a different Fair Trade USA partner, many of which host events and promotions in honor of the day, including product tastings, giveaways on Twitter (@fairtradeusa) and Facebook (Fair Trade Certified) and discounts. For full details, visit http://www.fairtrademonth.org/.
Highlights: Special Events
Fair Trade Speaking Tours
East Coast: October 4-14 – Free
The cocoa industry is not sweet for farmers in developing regions of the world. Learn how Fair Trade has helped farmers increase income, keep their children in school and empower their communities from cocoa farmer, Cecilia Appianim. Cecilia hails from a farmers’ cooperative of 45,000 members in Ghana. The 10-day tour kicks off in Media, PA and then visits Montclair, NJ; New York City ; the Cleveland Fair Trade Expo; Milwaukee and Osh Kosh, WI; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Global Fest in Chicago.
West Coast: October 12-25 – Free
Individual sugarcane farmers in Paraguay have low bargaining power, no access to price and market information and low prices that fail to provide sustainable livelihoods for their families. In 1999, Cañera del Sur Sugar Cooperative became Fair Trade Certified. Francisco Ferreira, cooperative President, will share how Fair Trade empowers the farmers to receive better prices, as well as funds for community projects. The 13-day tour kicks off in Houston and then visits the University of Texas, Austin; Trinity University, San Antonio; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY; Boulder, CO; University of Oklahoma, Norman; University of California, San Diego; Los Angeles and San Francisco.
For more information on either speaking tour, visit www.FairTradeTownsUSA.org.
October 24, 3-6pm, Mill Valley, California – $100/person
Celebrate “A Fair Harvest” with TransFair USA President and CEO Paul Rice. Hear stories of Fair Trade communities from around the world. Plus enjoy the music of singer and acoustic guitarist Diana Gameros, flavorful Fair Trade dishes, gourmet chocolate and Worthwhile Wines. For more information: Rachel Lee Holstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Arbor Community Event
October 25, 7-8:30pm, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan – Free
Maggie’s Organics hosts a fair-trade themed community event. www.maggiesorganics.com
Virtual Coffee Tasting
Green Mountain Coffee—and Costa Rican farmers who grow its coffee—host a virtual, guided tasting of Fair Trade Certified Our Blend and Vermont Country Blend via UStream. RSVP and get a free sample at www.facebook.com/GreenMountainCoffee
Virtual Wine Tasting
October 27, 8pm EST/PST – Free
Worthwhile Wine hosts a virtual wine tasting with Partnership Vinyard’s Wine Maker Zakkie Bester. Join the guided tasting and submit questions at www.worthwhilewine.com/livetasting. Order wines in advance and receive free shipping on order of four bottles or more.
Austin, TX Boxer March Awareness Event
Sign up for the first-ever Boxer March and show your support for Fair Trade Certified skivvies. www.goodandfairclothing.com
About Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA (previously TransFair USA), a nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods were paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople. Visit http://www.fairtradeusa.org for more information.
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2. Government accuses makers of POM pomegranate juice of false advertising, promises of preventing heart disease (via fooducate)
3. Innovative design….. Super Cute Juice Boxes! (via frites and fries)
4. Eat This: Spring Alfredo with Chicken Recipe
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5. The meaning of the term, “Sustainable Food” (via The Atlantic)