It is Fair Trade Fortnight!
From the 25th of February to the 10th of March, ordinary people and large UK companies come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, who are often exploited, poorly paid and living in terrible conditions. 2019 is the year of the FairTrade Woman. In particular, the amazing group of woman who grow and maintain the cocoa that goes into the chocolate we all love and enjoy!
So what exactly is FairTrade?
‘Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices, you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.’
Fairtrade is rallying to the UK Government to make an agreement which ensures that those working in these conditions are being paid a wage that will allow them to live, not just survive.
The Cooperative has supported the launch of FairTrade across the UK and maintains this support to this very day.
They were the first ever UK Supermarket to sell Fairtrade bananas and first to sell in all stores and currently, all of our bananas are Fairtrade! Further to this, Cocoa sourced from co-ops in Ghana, Peru and the Dominican Republic and is 100% FairTrade!
I have barely even begun to scratch the surface of what FairTrade is all about! If you are interested, I’ll pop the links below and feel free to have a wee peruse.