Moorpark United Methodist Church
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Fairly Traded

 

To help support this program and programs like it locally, you can purchase FAIRLY TRADED PRODUCTS by

Clicking on the picture below or from Mahan Hall at Moorpark United Methodist Church on Flory Ave and 3rd Street.

 

Buy Fair Trade Products

UMCOR's 100-Ton Challenge

UMCOR is challenging United Methodists to help farmers earn fair prices for their crops by participating in UMCOR’s 100-Ton Challenge. The 12-month campaign encourages United Methodists to help increase the amount of fairly-traded coffee, tea, chocolate and snacks purchased through The UMCOR Coffee Project and its partner Equal Exchange, a 100 percent fair trade, worker-owned co-operative. Purchasing fairly-traded goods allows small-scale farmers to earn fair prices, invest in farm improvements, reduce debt, and improve their communities while providing a better life for themselves and their families.

One Hundred Ton Challenge PosterUMCOR’s 100-Ton Challenge will begin on Saturday, May 10 in observance of World Fair Trade Day and will end May 9, 2009. The goal is to increase awareness about fair trade in United Methodist churches everywhere and leverage fairly traded products to help promote better lives for farmers in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the United States. As you enjoy fairly traded coffee, tea or chocolate, you are part of a partnership that helps farmers stay on their land, care for the environment, support their families and plan for the future.

Every Pound Counts

Coffee BrochureIn 2007, United Methodists bought 68 tons (136,000 pounds) of fairly-traded products through the UMCOR Coffee Project—100 tons would be a new record. With every pound of product sold through the UMCOR Coffee Project, 15 cents goes to support farmers through UMCOR’s Sustainable Agricultural and Development Program. Through this program, farmers learn new methods of cultivating their crops that produce good yields and nutritious food. Farmers who depend on fair trade for a living, are better able to support their families, live healthier lives, and send their children to school. Join the 100-Ton Challenge and commit to doing more to support fair trade practices.

 

Fair Trade. Better Income.

Fair Trade BulletinThe conventional coffee trade involves a long chain of buyers, processors, exporters, brokers and distributors between the farmer and the consumer—each taking their share of the price. Coffee farmers are left with little and often cannot cover ongoing production costs or living expenses. Fair trade eliminates the middlemen and farmers receive a larger proportion of the prices. This fair trade system allows farmers to earn a stable and fair price for their crops and delivers a fair price to consumers.

Under the principles of fair trade, importers also commit to buy only from small farmer co-operatives, and to establishing direct, long-term purchasing relationships with the co-ops, including support for sustainable agriculture and the offer of low-cost pre-harvest credit.

Ways You Can Support Fair Trade

  • Serve Fairly Traded Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate at church events and during fellowship hour or bible study, and make it available to members for home use.
  • Host a Coffee Tasting Event as an introduction to fair trade issues. Start with a small order of your favorite blend or flavors; brew your coffee and provide samples at your next church function. Download our UMCOR Coffee Brochure, bulletin and order forms to have on-hand for distribution.
  • Raise Funds with Fair Trade Chocolate by encouraging the youth in your congregation to begin promoting the sales of fairly-traded cocoa or chocolate as a fund raiser to support UMCOR’s Hunger/Poverty Program, Advance #982920. Have samples on-hand for tasting. Distribute order forms and information about fair trade.
  • Order and Share Resources available on this page to help promote awareness about fair trade and by calling UMCOR’s fair trade partner, Equal Exchange at 774-776-7400. Pamphlets, table tents, posters and other educational materials are available from Equal Exchange and can be included with your order.
  • Discuss Fair Trade Issues in church school classes and study groups. Provide local businesses with information about offering fairly trade products.
  • Take a Free-Will Offering by passing around a basket on Sundays to support key hunger programs such as UMCOR's Sustainable Agrigulture Program, UCOR Advance #982188 or World Hunger/Poverty, UMCOR Advance #982920.
 
 
To help support this program and programs like it locally, you can purchase FAIRLY TRADED PRODUCTS by
Clicking on the picture below or from Mahan Hall at Moorpark United Methodist Church on Flory Ave and 3rd Street.
 
 
 

Equal Exchange has created Big Change for over 20 years. It all started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms that use organic methods, rather than industrialized agribusinesses that rely on harmful chemicals?

Our founders – Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne – asked these questions as they envisioned a trade model that values the farmers, consumers and the earth. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn’t look back. Read more about our story.

Today, Equal Exchange continues to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system. Our products now include fairly traded and organic coffee, tea, chocolate and snacks from farmers all over the world, including here in the United States.

Our worker-owned co-op is based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Because Equal Exchange was founded with democratic principles in mind, we strongly believe in a one-person, one-vote workplace without a corporate hierarchy. We partner with co-operatives of small-scale farmers who make their own decisions on business and community matters.

From the farmers’ co-ops to our co-op, we’re providing the best-tasting foods - while also making Big Changes to the way food ends up on your table. We’ll keep the ideas coming.

 

Our Mission
Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships 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 co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.

 

Our Guiding Principles

  • Trade directly with democratically organized small farmer cooperatives.
  • Facilitate access to credit for producer organizations.
  • Pay producers a guaranteed minimum price that provides a stable source of income as well as improved social services.
  • Provide high quality food products.
  • Support sustainable farming practices.
  • Build a democratically-run cooperative workplace.
  • Develop more environmentally-sound business practices.

 

Our Vision
In June 2006, Equal Exchange's worker-owners approved a powerful vision for Equal Exchange's next 20 years:

A Vision for Equal Exchange

There will be...
A vibrant mutually cooperative community
of two million committed participants
trading fairly one billion dollars a year
in a way that transforms the world.

Vivid Description of the Vision Realized

Our vision is to create and foster a deep and far reaching cooperative model, with Equal Exchange serving as the engine of a complex economic network of two million producers, workers, investors, merchants, activists, and consumers who are using their land, labor, capital and votes to create the world they want to live in and leave for their children.

Participants work together in an effective global network of mutually beneficial trade that supports and extends sustainable agriculture, transforms relationships among people, and once again transforms national and international trade.

People in this web participate knowingly and value the contributions made by other participants. For this diverse, committed community, these economic transactions serve as a source of hope.

This extended Equal Exchange network fosters cooperative development. It does so through: new lines of fairly traded products; broader economic participation by stakeholders; and the development of new entities and organizational relationships. The network’s products and services touch the lives of consumers on a daily basis.

Activist consumers function as movement ambassadors, thinking, questioning, and challenging the status quo. They teach new economic models, take action, win elections, and build something new while challenging the old. To strengthen communities and reduce poverty they support grassroots development by extending opportunities to small business owners and small-scale producers worldwide.

Equal Exchange continues to set an example as a world leader in fairness, ethical commerce, and economic democracy.