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Update on Ben & Jerry’s

ice-cream-fair-trade-cocoa-600-93572A while back, we did a post on Fair-trade ingredients used within Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt. We are pleased to post, they have increased their use of Fair-trade ingredients within many new and old flavors. They have over 50 flavors that contain mostly Fair Trade ingredients. They use Fair-trade cocoa, vanilla, coffee, bananas, and sugar. “Ben & Jerry’s is committed to sourcing Fair-trade certified ingredients for all of our products. Throughout 2013 we are transitioning all of our products globally to use Fair-trade ingredients.”

Coffee: Using Fair-trade coffee and helping to improve the lives of the farmers with their partners at Coffee Extracts and Ingredients, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, and the Huatusco Cooperative. They have also provided i-Pads to help speed the production process and have personal face-to-face interviews with the actual farmers.

Sugar: This year ALL Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt will use Fair-trade sugar.

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“Fair-trade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of fair trade goes to the heart of our values and the sense of right and wrong. Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.” Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Jerry Greenfield.

Check out Ben & Jerry’s by clicking here. Or, read our previous blog post, by clicking here.

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human rights day 2013

Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the 20th anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

Human Rights Day is celebrated globally, at the headquarters of the High Commissioner’s office in Geneva, in New York and in more than 50 other countries.

This post was taken from United Nations Human Rights. To learn more information, click here.

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Holiday Shopping at Ten Thousand Villages

It may be a little early, but many of us have already started our Christmas shopping. Why not check out some unique Fair Trade Certified items? Ten Thousand Villages may have what you are looking for.

To learn more about Ten Thousand Villages, click here.

To learn more about Fair Trade Certified, click here.




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Inzozi Nziza

Sweet Dreams follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves.   “Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for,” Kiki says. “We want to change that equation.”  Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement: to leave the categories of the past at the gate.  This uplifting film follows the women as they start a business named Inzozi Nziza (which means Sweet Dreams).

5th Annual International Documentary Film Series
A benefit for the International Rescue Committee in San Diego on Monday, April 22nd at 7pm.

Click here for more information regarding tickets and location.

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Prayer for the end of hunger

By Education for Justice
“Sharing the loaves and fishes,
You gave us an image of solidarity with the hungry, O Lord.
Sharing Yourself in the bread and wine,
You called all to the table, O Lord.
Give me the hunger to be part of the feeding and the healing of this world.
Nourish me with Your Grace, so I may work with joy to serve your children.
Open the eyes of my heart
To recognize those in poverty
And increase my awareness
Of the structures and systems
That need to be changed
So we may all break bread together.

In Your name we pray for the end of hunger. Amen”

Your Guide to Fair Trade Baking

Christmas is just days away. Not only are we busy shopping and gathering our last minute gifts, but busy baking in our kitchens. Why not make your baking Fair Trade? Check out Wholesome Sweeters for their excellent Organic Fair Trade Certified Products.

Organic Sugar is made from certified organic sugar cane grown in South America.  The cane juice, rich in molasses, vitamins and minerals, is extracted, clarified, evaporated and crystallized.  The result is a blonde-colored, delicious and natural organic sugar that will enhance all your favorite recipes.  Use as a one-for-one replacement for refined white sugar.

Organic Turbinado Sugar is made by crushing the freshly-cut sugar cane to squeeze out the juice, rich in, vitamins and minerals. The cane juice is evaporated and spun in a centrifuge, or turbine, to produce the large sparkling golden crystals.

Organic Light Corn Syrup with organic vanilla perfectly kicks up the traditional corn syrup recipe. Besides an incomparable flavor and smooth texture, it’s the ONLY organic alternative to the highly processed, synthetic, conventional GMO corn syrups (it is not a high-fructose corn syrup).

Organic Molasses is actually the end product, or by-product, of the production of [their] Organic Sugar.  It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and trace elements naturally present in the sugar cane plant and is a good source of iron, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Organic Powdered Sugar is made from 100% certified organic sugar cane, grown and produces without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemicals. [Their] powdered sugar is made by simply grinding [their] Fair Trade Certified Organic Sugar to a fine, creamy powder (12x) and adding 3% organic cornstarch or tapioca to prevent caking.

Certified Organic Dark Brown or Light Brown Sugar is soft, moist and fine-grained.  It is perfect for all your baking needs and especially good in cakes, cookies and sauces.

To learn more about Wholesome Sweetners or to purchase any of their products, click here.



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