Monday, February 27, 2006

fair trade in the news

an article from the Post about fair trade... it gives some ideas on fair trade alternative suppliers we can look into for the project. at the end of the article it has links to sites that are fair-trade oriented.
and this link is to a fair trade organization that the article mentions.

and CLICK HERE to learn about fair trade chocolate... from NPR...
and i think i am done for the night...

Starbucks and Fair Trade

CLICK HERE for the link to a site that has information about Starbucks and organic/Fair Trade coffee. In addition, it has information about other health issues related to organic vs non-organic foods and genetically modified foods. The site has links to organic products... lots of different categories.
CLICK HERE a little blurb about how Starbucks is trying to be more eco-friendly, according to the EPA, but we know how great the EPA is at its own job...

This is about how Nestle has decided to run a line of fair-trade coffee in the UK... why not in the US? However Oxfam "called on Nestle to "alter its business practices, lobbying strategies, and radically overhaul its business to ensure that all coffee farmers get a fair return for their efforts". " hmm... cautiously welcoming the move, according to the article. CLICK HERE to read the article

And also from the BBC, here's a bit about Fair Trade and WHY it is important.

Fair Trade links:
Fair Trade
Christian Aid
(this is a UK-based site that has lots of ideas of things to do on campus CLICK HERE
to raise awareness about fair trade and social justice issues. It also has a list of vocabulary related to issues of fair trade that is worth looking at in case anyone is confused. it can also be used as a good resource to make what we print and hand out understandable for people who don't know the issues surrounding fair trade. their pressureworks campaign is pretty neat, though geared toaward UK consumers it has a quiz thing about your buying habits/lifestyle and what atrocities you contribute to everyday by simply brushing your teeth and driving to work.)

Coke Media References

This is an article I found from Business Week about recent College Campuses campaigns against Coke. We are not the only ones against Coke. It also paints a picture of the controversy over Coke, the corporate enthusiasts against the college activists.
(if it doesn't work, sorry, and please email me... from blackboard)

This is another article from Business Week where reporters from Business Week went to Colombia to research what really happened.
This is another article, from Uconn, about getting Coke off their campus. It also has information about human rights violations Coke has committed in Turkey and Indonesia, as well as environmental abuses in India.
This is an arcticle from BBC about how a Mexican shopkeeper won an appeal against Coke when Coke was going to stop selling Coke products to her store unless she stopped selling a rival soft-drink product from Peru. Yay for the Mexican lady who stood up for herself and not allowing Coke to have full monopoly in her store, though Coke has 70% of the soft-drink market in Mexico.
Here is a more in-depth article about Coke's environmental abuses in India, also from BBC. It is also a victory story, Coke closed a factory that had been depleting the landwater resources for the rest of the surrounding area. So even people in India are protesting Coke.
And this from an Atlanta paper about Emory's student newspaper running an anti-coke editorial, even though the univesity was founded by money from Coke stock.

Eagle Ad

hey, i don't know if you all saw the ad for coke in the Eagle today. Since when does the Eagle run such huge ads blatantly supporting the company that has a monopoly on beverages on our campus? It is a lengthy ad on page 7, Feb 27 edition that basically is the company trying to get people like us who are speaking out against coke on our campus to shut up.
this is a link to a group in DC that might be able to help us in finding an alternative to Coke on campus. though i don't know how reliable their information is because it looks like a campaign to market Pepsi instead, and we already know that Pepsi is not any more socially responsible than Coke is.
This site sort of addresses an issue that we may have to deal with on our campus, that was brought up in class. Coke, in addition to being Kosher, apparently supports Israel, politically. I think that is good, and many people on our campus, since it has a large Jewish population, would agree. I think we need to find a really good alternative to Coke, if possible, one that is Kosher, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly. (wait, we are dealing with soda, chemicals, and such... eco-friendly soda? i don't know... anyhow...) Anyhow, this is a link to another site of people boycotting Coke for purely political reasons.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


"Every year, impotence, or "erectile dysfunction," affects millions of men across the world, with one study showing that as many as half of men over the age of 40 are impotent at least part of the time. Originally, it was thought that impotence was caused by anxiety, but according to the Erectile Dysfunction Institute, up to 90 percent of all cases of impotence are physical as opposed to psychological. That's right: High cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancers or inflammations, and hormonal imbalances cause the vast majority of all cases of impotence. The good news is that medical science has proved that all of these conditions can be virtually eliminated (and even cured) with a low-fat vegan diet."


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Coke Brands in the USA

Since American Partners with Coke:
Here is a listing of all current Coke Products in the US

1) Caffeine-Free Coca Cola Classic
2) Diet Coke
3) Coca-Cola
4) Coca-Cola Zero
5) Sprite
6) Dasani
7) Alhambra
8) Barq's
9) Bright and Early
10) Caffeine-Free Diet Coke
11) Cherry Coke
12) Coke with Lime
13) Dannon
14) Dasani Flavored Water
15) Diet B arq's
16) Diet Cherry Coke
17) Diet Coke With Lime
18) Diet Coke With Splenda
19) Diet Sprite
20) Diet Sprite Zero
21) Diet Vanilla Coke
22) Evian
23) Fanta
24) Fresca
25) Five Alive
26) Full Throttle
27) Hi-C
28) Hi-C Blast
29) Hi-C Sour Blast
30) KMX
31) Mello Yello
32) Minute Maid Orange Juice
33) Minute Maid Coolers
34) Minute Maid Box
35) Minute Maid Lemonade
36) Minute Maid Light
37) Minute Maid Fruit Punch
38) Nestea
39) Nestea COOL
40) Nestea ICE
41) Odwalla
42) Pibb Xtra
43) Pibb Zero
44) POWERade
45) POWERade Option
46) Seagram's Ginger Ale
47) Simply Orange
48) Sparkletts
49) Sprite ReMIX
50) Swerve
51) Tab
52) Vanilla Coke

Links for more information:
Coke Watch
Spenda Truth
Global Killer-Coke Campaigns


Companies that DO test on animals:

1) Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight),
2) Bic Corporation,
3) Boyle-Midway (Reckitt Benckiser),
4) Braun (Gillette Company),
5) Chesebrough-Ponds (Fabergé, Ponds, Vaseline),
6) Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Pearl Drops),
7) Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble),
8) Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex),
9) Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Ajax, Fab, Hills Pet Nutrition, Mennen, Palmolive, SoftSoap, Speed Stick),
10) Coty (Adidas, Calvin Klein, Davidoff, Glow, The Healing Garden, JOOP!, Jovan, Kenneth Cole, Lancaster, Marc Jacob, Rimmel, Stetson),
11) Cover Girl (Procter & Gamble),
12) Del Laboratories (CornSilk, LaCross, Naturistics, New York Color, Sally Hansen),
13) Dial Corporation (Purex, Renuzit),
14) Erno Laszlo,
15) Gillette Co. (Braun, Duracell),
16) Helene Curtis Industries (Finesse, Salon Selectives, Thermasilk, Unilever),
17) Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, ROC),
18) Kimberly-Clark Corp. (Cottonelle, Huggies, Kleenex, Kotex, Pull-Ups, Scott Paper),
19) Lever Bros. (Unilever),
20) L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy),
21) Max Factor (Procter & Gamble),
22) Mead,
23) Melaleuca,
24) Mennen Co. (Colgate-Palmolive),
25) Neoteric Cosmetics
26) Noxell (Procter & Gamble),
27) Olay Co./Oil of Olay (Procter & Gamble),
28) Oral-B (Gillette Company),
29) Pantene (Procter & Gamble),
30) Pfizer (BenGay, Desitin, Listerine, Lubriderm, Plax, Visine),
31) Physique (Procter & Gamble),
32) Playtex Products (Baby Magic, Banana Boat, Ogilvie),
33) Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide),
34) Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray ’N Wash, Veet, Woolite),
35) Richardson-Vicks (Procter & Gamble),
36) Sally Hansen (Del Laboratories),
37) Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s),
38) S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc),
39) SoftSoap Enterprises (Colgate-Palmolive),
40) Suave (Unilever),
41) 3M(Post-It, Scotch),
42) Unilever (Axe, Dove, Helene Curtis, Lever Bros., Suave),

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Meeting 1

1) Emily
2) Alyssa
3) Raven
4) X


1) Electronics
2) Cosmetics
3) Beverages
4) Food
5) Jewelry
6) Cleaning Supplies
7) Medicine
8) Clothing
9) Banks
*Gas Companies


1)Human Rights
2)Environmental Issues
3)Fair Trade
4)Animaml Rights

3 or 4 Objectives:

1) Top 10 Product List
- Provide a 10 popular product list versus 10 alternaatives listing
2) Research Report
- Provide more information on all products listed and how they pertain to the key
issues identified
3) Top 5 list for each category
- Provide a 5 popular product list versus 5 alternatives listing

Research group

What's up! here is the blog from the research group of Comm 596 Public Communication and Social Change. Post and enjoy!