Inteviewed by Susan Lutz,
ATH Editor of Organic Living
1. What is the mission of Equal Exchange?
To build long term trade relationships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, and to demonstrate through our success, the contribution of worker cooperatives and fair trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Equal Exchange is a model for fair trade, dedicated to bringing consumerism to a new level of consciousness. The socially minded organization carved out to bring a new level of consciousness to connect the consumer with the farmers who bring the crops to the table. Equal Exchange is a model for fair trade. Rob Everts, co-president of Equal Exchange, answers a few questions for Allthingshealing about the mission of Equal Exchange and how it is working to recognize the deep social and moral connection we have with our production and consumption of food.
by Theresa Reel
More people are looking into growing their own food. There are a few reasons this is becoming a real consideration for more folks each year...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Consider growing organic with aquaponics - an accessible alternative that can bring organic to your table.
by Dee Galloway
When discussing the poetry created by African Americans just prior to the Civil War, another African tradition comes into play: that of the West African griot. In West African culture, both historically and today, each tribal clan has had its griot, an itinerant clan member who is combination historian-musician-storyteller: "A Griot is an oral historian and musician," explains Foday Musa Suso, one of West Africa 's most respected and well-known contemporary griots...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In her essay Dee Galloway remarks: "when a griot dies, a library has burned to the ground", Learn more about the African-American oral tradition of poetry and the importance of history as it informs the present.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Laura Reynolds
Despite the growing worldwide demand for organic food, clothing, and other products, the area of land certified as organic still makes up just 0.9 percent of global agricultural land...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: The benefits of organic farming have been proven. Yet, the amount of land dedicated to organic practices lags behind worldwide. As the demand grows, we search for ways to increase the way to produce organic.
Editor's Note: I recently attended a workshop with Susan Stiffelman and very much appreciated the way she breaks down parenting concepts into usable pieces. Here she gives some great examples of how to validate and connect with children's feelings before (or instead of) giving advice. I especially love the 'comic book' response examples!
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Got soggy lettuce? Droopy kale? Check out these tips to keep veggies crisp and fruit fresh, longer.
by Kristina Chew
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Before there was writing, before there was prose, certainly way before there were such things as 140 character “tweets” and “status updates,” there was poetry...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: If you hated poetry in high school this article will give you some new reasons to read and write poetry again!
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by from Cornucopia
A new report, Culture Wars: How the Food Giants Turned Yogurt, a Health Food, into Junk Food,issued by The Cornucopia Institute, accuses Dannon, Yoplait, Chobani and other major marketers of misleading parents, who are looking for healthier foods for their families, into purchasing yogurts loaded with sugar and containing a myriad of questionably safe artificial sweeteners, colors and emulsifiers...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: So many of our once healthy products fall victim to over production and corporate design. Yogurt, a potentially healthy food, is being examined as a product that no longer is a healthy alternative.
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