Mexico CIRSA. Photo Courtesy: Equal Exchange.

As a vegan food justice organization, Food Empowerment Project strives to do its best to provide consumers with enough information to make easy and informed decisions. We know that you probably clicked on this link in order to have a better understanding of Fair Trade.

Unfortunately, this is a fairly complicated issue and one that continues to change.

Our organization does indeed place a firm emphasis on the importance of accurate labeling of products, as we know firsthand the sheer magnitude of the impacts our deliberate and intentional consumerism can have—which of course, can only take place with precise, holistic information.

The Fair Trade system is one of the largest and most diverse global movements in the world. In September 2011, Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) announced its resignation from the international Fair Trade system.

Upon deciding to pursue a different trajectory, Fairtrade International stated that “cooperation [with FTUSA] represents a severe credibility risk to the International Fairtade system.”  Detailed information regarding FTUSA’s intentions and operations are limited.

(For a basic overview on the “split” Fair Trade has undergone, please read more from Equal Exchange.)

As we learn more, we have become concerned about the accuracy of labels that come from Western entities and are placed on commodities produced in the Global South.

Due to the absence of truly being able to verify this information in the realm of Fair Trade, navigating this terrain with confidence becomes slightly more difficult. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a statement that we fully trust Fair Trade.

If you are interested in finding a list of chocolate and coffee companies that we recommend (the chocolate list is made up of companies that do not source in areas where child and forced labor are the most prevalent), please see our chocolate list and article on coffee.

We look forward to being able to provide you with conclusive, definitive recommendations on Fair Trade; until then, we will continue to search for the most reliable and consistent conduits through which to support authentic fair conditions for small-scale farmers and small, farmer-owned cooperatives.

July 2014

shame on albertsons


Please sign and share the petition to Safeway/Albertsons’ CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!

Please sign our friends, at Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, petition to Albertsons, asking them to remove ALL grocery noncompete clauses affecting the Park Manor Shopping Center.

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

* Suggested language and details: Please make a polite phone call and keep in mind the person you are speaking to probably has no idea about this policy—most people don’t. You just need to stay on the line for a customer service representative. For Safeway, they will ask you for your full name and phone number and if you have a Safeway card number.
Suggested language: “I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway / Albertsons policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway / Albertsons to end this policy immediately.”

If they ask questions you cannot answer, feel free to provide our email: and remind them you are calling because you disagree with this practice.

Order some of our leaflets to share with others by emailing info(at)


Join us by taking a stand in front of your local Safeway / Albertsons! Find a demo to attend here.

Want to organize your own demo? We can send you leaflets and posters. Contact us here for additional details.

Take action on social media with hashtag #ShameOnSafeway & #ShameOnAlbertsons and tagging Safeway & Albertsons.

Thank you for wanting to take a stand against a corporation that is impacting the health of Black and Brown communities and low-income neighborhoods.

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