2018 Equal Exchange Summit: Creating A Democratic Food System

Consumers, Worker-Owners, Partners, and Allies Gathered at the Summit on June 8 & 9 in Easton, Massachusetts to Learn and Organize

As a member of Equal Exchange’s Action Forum, a platform for learning & discussing issues related to the food system, our engagement manager Rachel Spence participated in the Equal Exchange Summit earlier this month, where members and partners were invited to network and collaborate.

On the first day of the summit, participants gained insight into Equal Exchange’s supply chain as well as mainstream food supply chains. The workshops featured speakers from Equal Exchange’s leadership, their farmer partners, alternative trading organizations, and allied organizations. The focus was global and local, on the production of bananas, avocados, tea, chocolate, and dairy products, among others.

The second day centered on the role of consumers and partners in educating around these issues and how we can work together change the status quo in the current food system. Attendees were passionate and motivated throughout the summit, and we look forward to continuing the momentum with them this year!

The Equal Exchange Summit in Massachusetts was the second annual summit. Equal Exchange also is holding a Midwest Summit in Chicago, IL in July. To connect with us about the Northeast Summit, you can reach out to Rachel at rs@fairtradefederation.org.