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Building a Just and Sustainable World    Summer 2008
Co-op member is harvesting cocoa pods under the forest canopy. Reproduced with permission.  2003 Fairtrade Foundation
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” —James Beard

Dear Educators,
To offset soaring food prices and reduce your carbon footprint, perhaps you, like me, have changed some of your spending habits. You may be eating more in-season, local produce, scrutinizing nutrition labels, or tending a vegetable garden.

Food brings together old and new friends. It also can be of tremendous help or hurt between nations. One of many positive ways to feed the planet is through Fair Trade. YES! is delighted to share Focus on Fair Trade Curriculum, from TransFair USA, the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade Certified products in the United States.

As you plan your classes for the fall, I think you'll find the lesson plans, book recommendations, and video interviews in this newsletter and YES! Magazine the right ingredients for teaching about food and foreign policy.

Jing Fong, Education Outreach Manager, YES! Magazine Best,
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Jing Fong
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Your Stories
Tara and Sophie research local food. Photos by Andrea L'Tainen
Finding Your Voice Through Food
Science teacher, Karen Cherubini, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tells the uplifting story of how she and her third grade students reduced their carbon footprint by making different food choices. And, more importantly, learned a life-long lesson on how asking questions can lead to change. Here is her story.

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Fair Trade Logo and Picked Coffee beans ready to be washed and sorted. Photo Courtesy of Jennee Payne

TransFair USA's Focus on Fair Trade Curriculum will thoughtfully teach your students the concept of global interdependence and citizenship. Familiar imported foods serve as the means for understanding: Chocolate Explorer (K-2), Banana Bonanza (3-6) and Coffee Connections (7-12).

Designed with age-appropriate standards, your students will learn about the challenges for farmers and economic inequities. By the end of their studies, they will understand why Fair Trade is an empowering approach to poverty alleviation.

YES! Classroom Tools
Students Against Sweatshops. Photo by Josh Sonnenfeld.

DIY Foreign Policy Heroes script
Your students will be inspired by these photos and vignettes of citizens who are shaping diplomacy with their own hands, voices, and hearts.
The Page That Counts
The Page That Counts
Ask your students what’s in the food they eat. Then ask them how much their lawn eats per year.

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5 Ways to Make History
Each election seems the most important one of our lifetime. This one is no different. Here are 5 ideas for making a difference in the way America votes.

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7 Ways to Break Free
This list of can-do ideas on spending cash wisely (or not spending it at all) gives practical tips and underscores the value of sharing, exchanging, and going local.
Connect and Engage
Here are some hands-on projects for your students to learn about life’s most basic means of survival: food and water. Through these opportunities, they will be a better friend to their local environment and planet earth.

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Water Partners
Water Partners International’s Global Water Supply curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students will heighten their awareness of the world’s water crisis. From filtering water with simple materials to designing new hydro-technology, these stand-alone lesson plans to full units will help your students become water-wise.

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National Farm to College Program
The National Farm to College Program is a partnership of mutual benefit. Local farmers get business, college students eat healthy food, and the environment absorbs less CO2. Check out the database of close to 200 active farm to college projects and create your college’s custom-made partnership with local farmers.
:: NEW SECTION :: Must Reads
Food, glorious food! Break away from textbooks and have your students read from this selection of books that explore eating locally and the notion that what’s on our plates and in our pantries reveals something about who we are.

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Cover of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Cover of Plenty
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INDEX: in this issue
How to Get More YES!
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YES! Web Picks
Raj Patel Living on the Edge
Raj Patel, author of “Stuffed And Starved” speaks candidly about the surge in global food prices and world hunger. logoTake Action
Learn more about Bill McKibben’s international initiative on climate change and how you can get involved now.

Be Not Afraid
From This Brave Nation, 18 year-old activist Ava Lowery and ACLU director Anthony Romero discuss online activism and the optimism of youth.

Anthony Romero and Ava Lowery on This Brave Nation.

YES! in Spanish
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From Candles to Panels

=Image from From Candles to Panels.Think you’re on the cutting edge of going green? You will be challenged to do more when you watch this video of rural Bolivian women being trained to install solar panels.  

Visual Learning
Oranges as planting pots. Photo by Justin Mog. Photo by Justin Mog

Seed Bankers
Creating change, one seed at a time.

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