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Behind every single thing you wear, eat, and use, there are countless untold stories. For a Better World is a show about fair trade and the farmer and worker-led movements that are fighting for fair food and farming systems.

Each season, we dive into the hidden environmental and social costs behind an everyday item—from chocolate bars to t-shirts. In each episode, we’ll take you around the world to break down the main ingredients and meet some of the farmers, workers, and activists involved along the supply chain. And you’ll hear from people who are building alternative models that are rooted in justice and can heal the earth—building a better world for everyone.

Join host Dana Geffner, Executive Director of Fair World Project on the new podcast, For a Better World. New episodes released every other Tuesday. If you like what you hear, support our work on Patreon at patreon.com/ForABetterWorldPodcast. Learn more at FairWorldProject.org

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    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Behind every single thing you wear, eat, and use, there are countless untold stories. For a Better World is a show about fair trade and the farmer and worker-led movements that are fighting for fair food and farming systems.

Each season, we dive into the hidden environmental and social costs behind an everyday item—from chocolate bars to t-shirts. In each episode, we’ll take you around the world to break down the main ingredients and meet some of the farmers, workers, and activists involved along the supply chain. And you’ll hear from people who are building alternative models that are rooted in justice and can heal the earth—building a better world for everyone.

Join host Dana Geffner, Executive Director of Fair World Project on the new podcast, For a Better World. New episodes released every other Tuesday. If you like what you hear, support our work on Patreon at patreon.com/ForABetterWorldPodcast. Learn more at FairWorldProject.org

    Sugar: Building a Sweeter Future

    Sugar: Building a Sweeter Future

    From the trans-Atlantic slave trade to present-day trade policies, sugar is a crop that has shaped a lot of the world—and it continues to have very big, real-life consequences for the communities that grow it. This is episode 2 of Nestle’s KitKat Unwrapped, and we’re diving into the world of sugar.
    Before sugar made it to Nestle’s (formerly) fair trade certified UK KitKat bar, it was grown, harvested, and shipped from Fiji, a small island nation nearly 10,000 miles away from the English factory where it would be used. Why was Nestle going to such great lengths for Fijian sugar? The answer is tangled in the bitter history of both countries. Karen Mapasua of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) helps us understand how this history continues to impact the island today.
    Then we speak with Andres Gonzales of the Manduvira sugar cooperative in Paraguay. Here, cooperatively organized, small-scale sugar farmers are bucking the global sugar establishment and making history with a farmer-owned sugar growing and milling operation. The success in their community shows an inspiring alternative to business-as-usual and lights the way toward a sweeter future in sugar.
    Since we originally recorded this episode, the island of Fiji was hit by Cyclone Yasa, a category five tropical cyclone. Winds reached 160 mph and heavy rains destroyed food and sugarcane crops for 90-100% of Fijian households. The consequences of the climate crisis continue to disproportionately impact those least responsible. To learn more and support relief efforts, follow the link in this episode's transcript.
    *Giveaway* 02/11/21 - 03/01/21: We want to know what you think of the show! Share your thoughts with us and you could win a Dr. Bronner's gift basket or five pounds of Equal Exchange coffee. To enter: Write us an honest review and rating on your podcast app of choice. Then, take a screenshot of your review and email it to us at podcast@fairworldproject.org by 11:59 PM on February 18, 2021. Two winners will be randomly selected the following week. Please note that at this time we are only able to ship to U.S. addresses.
    For a Better World is a show by Fair World Project. Learn more about the show at FairWorldProject.org. If you like what you hear, support our work on Patreon: patreon.com/ForABetterWorldPodcast.
    Enjoyed the show? Rate, review, and subscribe! Stay in touch with us between episodes by following us on Twitter and Instagram: @fairworldprj and on Facebook: @fairworldproject, or sign-up for our newsletter: https://fairworldproject.salsalabs.org/subscribe/index.html

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    Chocolate: A Crisis of Capitalism

    Chocolate: A Crisis of Capitalism

    For decades, Nestle has been cited again and again for human rights abuses and environmental devastation caused by its supply chains. Despite that, they still manage to make all kinds of ethical claims that would have you believe otherwise. At one point, Nestle even held fair trade certification on its U.K. KitKat bar. Then in 2020, they dropped the certification and plunged thousands of small-scale cocoa and sugar farmers into economic uncertainty.
    In this episode, we speak with Fortin Bley, President of the Ivorian Fair Trade Network (RICE), the farmer organization which once supplied Nestle with their fair trade cocoa, and RICE Coordinator, Franck Koman. We’ll also hear from Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love. Together, we’ll find out how Nestle’s decision is impacting small-scale cocoa farmers and the chocolate industry as a whole. And we'll learn what we can all do to support a truly fair future for the world’s cocoa farmers.
    *Giveaway* 02/11/21 - 03/01/21: We want to know what you think of the show! Share your thoughts with us and you could win a Dr. Bronner's gift basket or five pounds of Equal Exchange coffee. To enter: Write us an honest review and rating on your podcast app of choice. Then, take a screenshot of your review and email it to us at podcast@fairworldproject.org by 11:59 PM on February 18, 2021. Two winners will be randomly selected the following week. Please note that at this time we are only able to ship to U.S. addresses.
    For a Better World is a show by Fair World Project. Learn more about the show at FairWorldProject.org. If you like what you hear, support our work on Patreon: patreon.com/ForABetterWorldPodcast.
    Enjoyed the show? Rate, review, and subscribe! Stay in touch with us between episodes by following us on Twitter and Instagram: @fairworldprj and on Facebook: @fairworldproject, or sign-up for our newsletter: https://fairworldproject.salsalabs.org/subscribe/index.html

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    Season 1 Trailer

    Season 1 Trailer

    Behind every single thing you wear, eat, and use there are countless untold stories. On For a Better World, you’ll hear from farmers, workers, and activists around the globe as they reveal the hidden costs of everyday items. And you’ll hear from people who are building alternative models that are rooted in justice and can heal the earth—building a better world for everyone.

    For a Better World is a show by Fair World Project. Learn more about our work at FairWorldProject.org. If you like what you hear, support our work on Patreon: patreon.com/ForABetterWorldPodcast and don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe!

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

valeries386 ,

Real Eye Opener

After listening to this podcast you will never eat chocolate the same again without thinking about the poor farmer. We need to pay the actual person instead of these manufacturers

Tokya Dammond ,

Excellent Podcast

This podcast will deepen anyone’s appreciation for the farmers that grow our food. I’ve been immersed in developing organic supply chains around the world for 30 years, and this tells the story of the struggles and the solutions small holders face. Share this podcast broadly and think of them when you shop.

Carolyn.Maeee ,

Lots of info

I truly enjoyed listening to this podcast. It was very informative and flowed well for easy listening. I learned quite a bit about Fair Trade amongst many other things. I look forward to future episodes!

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