Resource Links: Greenpeace, USDA Organic, Oxfam, Fair Trade, Sustainable ConnectionsResource Links


Fair Trade

TransFair USA www.transfairusa.org
An independent, third party certifier of Fair Trade practices in the U.S. They verify that the farmers who produce Fair Trade Certified products are paid a fair price.

Global Exchange www.globalexchange.org
An international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. Founded in 1988, they have increased the US public’s global awareness while building partnerships worldwide.

Oxfam www.oxfam.org
A confederation of 12 organizations working together as a global campaign force in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.


Environment/Sustainability

Greenpeace www.greenpeace.org
A non-profit organization with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. Focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet’s biodiversity and environment.

Environment News Service www.ens-newswire.com
The original daily international wire service of the environment. Presents late-breaking environmental news in a fair and balanced manner.

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies www.livingeconomies.org
Supports positive change in local communities. Believing that all sustainability is local, they build upon the natural stewardship that local business owners have for their hometown.

Sustainable Connections sustainableconnections.org
A Bellingham-based business network establishing and supporting a local living economy that sustains itself, our community, and a healthy environment.


Organic Agriculture

Organic Trade Association www.ota.com
A membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. Their mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.

Organic Consumers Association www.organicconsumers.org
A public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. They are a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance.”

Agricultural Research Service www.ars.usda.gov
The USDA’s main in-house scientific research agency. They work on solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Inc. sustainableagriculture.net
Educates the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane.

The Rodale Institute www.rodaleinstitute.org
Informs, encourages, equips, and inspires farmers with “farmer-to-farmer know-how.” Their goal is to assist and witness the emergence of 100,000 organic farmers in the U.S. and 1 million organic farmers worldwide, by the year 2013.

Mothers for Natural Law www.safe-food.org
Work to raise public awareness and create understanding for the far-reaching implications of genetic engineering in the U.S.

Organic.org www.organic.org
This user-friendly site for consumers provides unbiased, objective information on new organic products, emerging organic trends, and regulatory information.

The Cornucopia Institute www.cornucopia.org
Seeking economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Through research, advocacy, and economic development our goal is to empower farmers – partnered with consumers – in support of ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food

Provender Alliance www.provender.org
Provides networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest. Members currently represent nearly 200 retailers, distributors, manufacturers, brokers, consultants, and individuals from the Northwest.


Co-op Related

National Cooperative Business Association www.ncba.coop
Presents information about cooperatives to help people understand how they can use the cooperative model to improve their lives and their communities.

Green America www.greenamerica.org
Provides economic strategies, organizing power, and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address social and environmental problems. They are a leading force in educating and empowering people and businesses to make significant improvements through the economic system.

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) www.uwcc.wisc.edu
Established in 1962, the UWCC is one of the oldest cooperative centers in the country. It strives to study, promote, and research cooperative action as a means of meeting the economic and social needs of people.

Stronger Together strongertogether.coop
A consumer website developed by National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) for the “virtual chain” of more than 100 retail food co-ops nationwide. Includes tips for eating locally and sustainably, as well as information about cooperatives and topics within the industry.


Health

Center for Science in the Public Interest www.cspinet.org
A consumer advocacy organization that conducts innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and provides consumers with current, useful information about their health and well being.

American Dietetic Association—Eat Right www.eatright.org/Public
Nearly 70,000 members, the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well being.

Tufts University Nutrition Navigator navigator.tufts.edu
An online rating and review guide. This site can help you sort through the large volume of nutrition information on the internet and find accurate, useful nutrition information you can trust.

Delicious Living Magazine newhope360.com/delicious-living
A natural food magazine distributed throughout natural food stores.

National Health Association healthscience.org
Promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet by providing educational materials, educational events, and services.

MedlinePlus www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
A goldmine of good health information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. Information that is authoritative and up to date for health professionals and consumers.


Food/Nutrition

Vegetarian Resource Group www.vrg.org
Educates the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger.

5 A Day for Better Health Program www.5aday.gov
A National Cancer Institute program that offers a simple, positive message—eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day for better health.

Produce for Better Health Foundation www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
Serves as a catalyst for creating a healthier America through increased consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion www.cnpp.usda.gov
An agency of USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, works to improve the health and well being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

Nourish Interactive – Fun Nutrition Games For Kids www.nourishinteractive.com
A free one-stop resource created by nutrition and health care professionals for fun nutrition games for kids, and interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and health educators to use to promote healthy living for families. Available in both English and Spanish. Nutrition printables for kids.

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