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Burdened by production costs and lack of support. Burdened by production costs and lack of support. Adam Baker

Fair for who? The crisis of Fairtrade for coffee farmers

Two weeks of campaigning to raise awareness of Fairtrade products have come to a close. But coffee farmers around the world face an ongoing crisis that the Fairtrade Foundation has done little to mitigate…
Blanket Burmese School. Blanket Burmese School.

Shopping for change this Christmas

Four-year-old Ar Zin stared at my bag. He knew there was something special inside. The classroom full of 30 Burmese refugee children was so hushed that I could each child’s breath, and Ar Zin’s eyes followed…
Making Australian miners more ethical could also make them more competitive. Making Australian miners more ethical could also make them more competitive. AAP

Sustainable mining: a vision for Australia to lead the world

Recent high prices for minerals have inspired a lot of companies and countries to start mining. But with a lead-time of up to five years for developing a mining operation, it is difficult to take advantage…
It costs extra, but where is the money going? It costs extra, but where is the money going? Flickr/EricMagnuson

Fair trade: saving the poor or salving the guilt?

That “fair trade” sticker on a bar of chocolate or bag of coffee beans might make you feel better, but there’s no guarantee it’s helping poor farmers. In fact, it may be making their lives worse. When…
Peak coffee or no peak coffee, it’s the farmers that end up empty handed. Peak coffee or no peak coffee, it’s the farmers that end up empty handed. AAP

Not just a few beans: the true cost of coffee

Coffee prices are rising again, and you might be wondering how much more you’ll soon pay for your morning coffee. Although coffee prices are fickle the fluctuations affect most of us very little compared…

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