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Seven Different Things people might not know about Fairtrade

Seven Different Things people might not know about Fairtrade

posted by Heather Clapton
on 27/02/2017 09:59am

1. Fairtrade means fair prices for farmers in the developing world. When farmers sell on Fairtrade terms, they get a sustainable price and a premium to invest in their communities - a fair return for all their hard work.

2. Farmers who get a fair price can invest in their communities and businesses and are empowered to build a better future. They get a better deal and you can reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.

3. Millions of farmers and workers who produce our first meal of the day miss out on breakfast themselves. 80 per cent of the world’s coffee is produced by 25 million smallholders who live on less than £1.40 a day. If farmers are guaranteed to receive at least the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their coffee, they have a safety net when times are tough.

4. Buying Fairtrade does not have to cost more – there is such a wide range of Fairtrade products from coffee and (priced from £1.99) to breakfast bananas (priced 95p) that there is something for everyone. The Co-operative was the first supermarket to embrace Fairtrade.

5. People should look out for the Fairtrade logo. Products with a Fairtrade mark have met internationally agreed Fairtrade Standards designed to address the imbalance of power of conventional trade. Recognisable items include Irresistible chocolate (priced from £1) and Fairtrade wine (priced from £3.49).

6. Fairtrade is about education. During Fairtrade Fortnight, hundreds of schoolchildren from across Central England Co-operative’s trading area will be visiting stores to take part in Ethical Challenges. They will search for Fairtrade products throughout the store and complete a quiz which helped them to learn about where their food and household products come from, how products can be produced ethically and the wide range of Fairtrade products available.

7. The learning journey of Fairtrade does not end of the till. Many people continue their food education by using Fairtade goods to cook a range of exotic dishes. Find out more about the recipes by clicking here.


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