With the premium they receive from Fairtrade, they are constructing four elementary schools, two health clinics and several coffee-processing stations. In addition, Fairtrade is part of a greater commitment to trade justice, offering a new economic model for managing trade in the interest of poor people and of the environment.
All our major supermarkets now stock Fairtrade goods, the Co–op being the biggest retailer with the widest range of goods. It is wonderful to feel that through our everyday purchases a bag of sultanas or a jar of coffee we can together change trade policy and bring real benefit to our fellow-humans who have so little.
Our churches do also stress, however, that we should be equally active in ensuring that our own farmers get fair treatment and fair prices; and we can begin by seeking out locally-grown produce and supporting our local farmers markets and farm shops.
Read: The Savvy Shopper all you need to know about the food you buy (9.99) by the investigative journalist Rose Prince. It includes useful information on ethically traded food, and is available to order from St. Mary's Shop.
Read more about Fairtrade.
ST MARYS SHOP stocks a tempting range of around fifty Fairtrade products from around the world including organic tea from Tanzania, organic coffee from the Peruvian Andes, basmati rice from India, and chocolate from Bolivia and Dominica. Shop Manager, Sue Bowen, is happy to offer a home delivery service for orders large or small. Call in to make your purchases, or telephone the shop on 383000.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT: To mark this nationwide event (26 February 11 March), St Marys Shop set up a Fairtrade stall in the Thorofare on consecutive Saturdays, from which young volunteers sold a variety of produce to local shoppers (photo Page 1.)
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