It does if it’s from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC) Coffee Project. Equal Exchange is a worker-owned, fair-trade food company with which UUSC collaborates. Equal Exchange offers 100% organic fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and tea to support small farmers throughout the world.
Most tea, even fair trade tea, comes from large, exploitive plantations where workers have little say. A few global companies dominate the chocolate industry and poverty wages and forced child labor continue to be a problem in the cocoa fields of West Africa. But Equal Exchange buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves rather than from industrialized agribusinesses that rely on exploited labor and harmful chemicals. Your Equal Exchange purchase helps build sustainable livelihoods and advance human rights, particularly the rights of women, youth and indigenous peoples.
How can you help?
* Visit Steve Marek’s table in the Parish Hall during coffee hour and take home some organic Equal Exchange coffee, tea or chocolate.
* Contribute to Guest at Your Table by filling your box with cash or a check or contributing online at www.uusc.org
* Take home a jar of Doyle’s honey before it’s gone – just three more weeks! 100% of your purchase supports UUSC’s work for social justice and human rights.