The Real Cost of Your Valentine Roses

A dozen long-stemmed roses. It’s the cinematic or greeting card ideal version of Valentine’s Day. The very picture of romantic love…but if we scratch just lightly at the surface of this idealized picture, what do we find?

Roses can have an enormous cost, not just hitting you in your wallet, but hitting all of us with an oversized carbon footprint.

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Andrew Mersmann's picture

Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

A Farm Worker Speaks: Fair Trade Makes a Real Difference

"We are different than small producers. If I lost my job, I lost my job.I have no place to go.
A small producer has their land. We don't have anything.
Fair trade is a light that has come and has brought light and hope to marginalized workers."

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Julie Fahnestock's picture

Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Put More Sustainable Heart Into Your Morning Coffee Ritual

by Ryan Landes-Gilman | Pachamama Alliance

There’s no denying it. We live in a coffee culture.

Every year 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed. In the United States alone 146 billion cups of coffee are ordered annually!

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

Quinoa: A Super Food That Gives Super Hope

Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty through quinoa production? Quinoa gives hope to people who believe world hunger can be solved through organic, smallholder family farms. Quinoa is the trailblazer of all ancient grains, and it’s also the contributor to a food trend that could lead to instability.

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Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Uncovering the Fair Trade Mystique

Fair Trade is a label displayed on products that cost ever so slightly more than similar items. For the most part, these products are grown with organic methods and represent the most sustainable growing practices for producers in developing countries.  Have you ever wondered just what is behind that label and what it means to purchase Fair Trade Products? There is a world of benefits for the producers behind the label.

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Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Fair Trade an Instrument of Hope and Prosperity

When I first began purchasing bananas for the Albert’s Organics in 2001 Fair Trade was a new concept in banana sales and only represented a small fraction of the bananas business. Since bananas are one of our number one sales items I thought it was important to have a closer relationship with our producers. I soon realized that purchasing a Fair Trade banana was one way to become directly involved, benefit those growers, and offer unique and valuable product in the banana marketplace.

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About The Author

Melody Meyer's picture

Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

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long-stemmed red rose on black
02/12/2018
A dozen long-stemmed roses. It’s the cinematic or greeting card ideal version of Valentine’s Day. The very picture of romantic love…but if we scratch just lightly at the surface of this idealized... read more
hand holding coffee cherries over bag of beans
07/21/2016
"We are different than small producers. If I lost my job, I lost my job.I have no place to go. A small producer has their land. We don't have anything. Fair trade is a light that has come and has... read more
coffee cup with heart design in foam next to small plant
02/10/2016
by Ryan Landes-Gilman | Pachamama Alliance There’s no denying it. We live in a coffee culture. Every year 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed. In the United States alone 146 billion... read more
Quinoa plant in flower
08/01/2015
Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty... read more
Fair Trade logo over banana trees
07/21/2015
Fair Trade is a label displayed on products that cost ever so slightly more than similar items. For the most part, these products are grown with organic methods and represent the most sustainable... read more
green and yellow bananas stacked
06/09/2015
When I first began purchasing bananas for the Albert’s Organics in 2001 Fair Trade was a new concept in banana sales and only represented a small fraction of the bananas business. Since bananas are... read more
long-stemmed red rose on black
02/12/2018
A dozen long-stemmed roses. It’s the cinematic or greeting card ideal version of Valentine’s Day. The very picture of romantic love…but if we scratch just lightly at the surface of this idealized... read more
hand holding coffee cherries over bag of beans
07/21/2016
"We are different than small producers. If I lost my job, I lost my job.I have no place to go. A small producer has their land. We don't have anything. Fair trade is a light that has come and has... read more
coffee cup with heart design in foam next to small plant
02/10/2016
by Ryan Landes-Gilman | Pachamama Alliance There’s no denying it. We live in a coffee culture. Every year 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed. In the United States alone 146 billion... read more
Quinoa plant in flower
08/01/2015
Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty... read more
Fair Trade logo over banana trees
07/21/2015
Fair Trade is a label displayed on products that cost ever so slightly more than similar items. For the most part, these products are grown with organic methods and represent the most sustainable... read more
green and yellow bananas stacked
06/09/2015
When I first began purchasing bananas for the Albert’s Organics in 2001 Fair Trade was a new concept in banana sales and only represented a small fraction of the bananas business. Since bananas are... read more