Category: bananas

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What does it mean if I buy bananas with a P6 label on them? 

As a customer, when you make the decision to buy a P6 banana, it means that the people producing your bananas are paid a fair price for their product. It means the farmers have had a voice in the decisions made by the cooperative that they belong to. It means that those farmers are able to stay on their land, instead of working on someone else’s plantation. It means that any profit earned from the $1.19 per pound that you spent to buy those bananas is going to go to community efforts like buying medicine for the farmers’ children, or opening schools, instead of to enriching a corporation.

That’s from the great profile that Twin Cities area blog Tootie and Dotes wrote explaining the P6 program, completely with beautiful pictures. Check it out!

The Future of Authentic Fair Trade Bananas: A Conference

Equal Exchange founded P6 in 2009 with a group of six committed consumer co-ops. The vision for P6 sprouted out of Equal Exchange’s deep commitments to creating an alternative, more equitable and just food system and years of leadership in building authentic fair trade supply chains. Equal Exchange has worked for over two decades to transform the coffee, tea, and chocolate industries, and more recently, Equal Exchange has expanded work into one of the most historically exploitative international food industries- bananas. Many P6 member stores are now proud to offer their customers Equal Exchange bananas. This past weekend, Equal Exchange created an opportunity for retail co-ops to meet face to face with leaders from the farmer co-ops that produce the bananas that arrive in our produce departments, and with other industry experts from across the world working to change the face of the banana industry. (more…)