This Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd February - 8th March), Mike Kane MP is calling on the local community in Wythenshawe and Sale to choose a shopping list that changes lives.
Fairtrade products have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
Mike Kane MP visited local business Broderick’s Coffee to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. The Wythenshawe based business were the first suppliers of Fairtrade coffee in vending machines across the UK.
Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight to see how Fairtrade is changing lives in those areas and to get involved in your area.
Mike Kane MP, who is PPS to Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development said:
“Tackling poverty isn’t just about giving aid and Government assistance, it is about increasing trade opportunities and ensuring that producers are paid a fair price for their work. Fairtrade Fortnight reminds us all that by making a few small changes to our shopping habits we can make a real difference to producers in the developing world. I hope that people in Wythenshawe and Sale will choose to play their part and opt for fair trade products whenever they can”
Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development speaking at the start of Fairtrade Fortnight said:
“The UK should be proud that even in these challenging economic times we are choosing to spend more on fair trade products. It is a testament to the British values of social justice that last year we spent over £1.5bn on fair trade products, allowing producers in the developing world to invest in their businesses and local communities.”