Sunday, February 27, 2011

One day to go

Or more precisely, just under two hours to go till Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 kicks off.  This year's theme is "Show your Label".  I could add "and do so with pride".  Whether it's buying a Fairtrade banana or a jar of coffee or a Fairtrade cotton dress or going the extra mile and buying your loved one a Fairtrade and Fairmined gold ring - do it with pride and with love.
There are so many varieties now of Fairtrade goods that there's no excuse for not at least trying some of them.  Apples, bananas, cotton .... right through to Zaytoun Olive oil, there's something for everyone.
Why bother?  Well, for a number of reasons but mainly because it's only right. There are something like 450million small-holder farmers producing just about enough of their goods to feed and clothe a further 1.5billion dependendents.  If all of those farmers get a fair deal - a fair price and a bit of support to build up their infrastructure - their families and communities are no longer dependent on aid and no longer tempted to turn to undesirable crops such as opium.  They have a better life, we have a better life, everyone wins. 
I accept that is a very simple way of describing it, and there are shades of grey everywhere, but this is a blog not a text book.  For more information go to the Fairtrade Foundation and have a look at what's there.
Over the next fortnight in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool there will be all sorts of ways to get involved.  On Wednesday you can go and find out about sustainable living and Fairtrade at the Stockton Riverside College, Teesdale where there's an exhibition from 10 till 4.  Do go along and have a look - they'll also have electric cars to see

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