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What is Fairtrade? - My Top 5 Fairtrade Foods
KalliKids Champion Vikki Steen encourages us all to take the Fairtrade fortnight challenge, with a list of her Top 5 Fairtrade foods.
This year's Fairtrade fortnight challenge is to inspire a Fairtrade breakfast in your community and to educate people about the challenges facing farmers and workers in developing countries. To give you an idea of how this impacts us, just take a look at what we drink in the mornings at breakfast, our most important meal of the day!
A cup of tea travelled from India, a coffee from Kenya, freshly squeezed orange juice from a Brazilian orange…
In this country we rely heavily on trade and everyday millions of farmers and workers in developing countries work hard every day to grow the food and beverages we consume; yet they still, even in this day and age don’t always earn enough to know where their next meal is coming from. We can all do a little bit to help and give something back by helping to tackle this injustice, supporting the farmers and workers and enabling them meet the basic human need of being able to put food on their tables.
So what is Fairtrade?
The Fairtrade Foundation is a global, non-profit organisation that provides a partnership between producers and consumers to make sure that all parties are treated fairly. It is all about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fairer terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met the Fairtrade Standards. When being paid a fair price for their produce, these people have the opportunity to take control of their lives when times are hard and worry less about how they will feed their families.
Whether it’s the extra cash in their pockets to buy food or having the opportunity to be able to expand their farms to grow more food, this is an opportunity that everyone should be entitled too.
My Top 5 Fairtrade Products
I’m sure you have all seen Fairtrade products in the shops and online but did you know that over 4,500 products have been licensed for sale in the UK alone.
There seems to be some knowledge about Fairtrade fruits, coffee, sugar etc. but there are also so many others! This is a list of just a few of my favourites that you may not have realised you could enjoy whilst making a difference.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? With Fairtrade chocolate you can feel a bit less guilty about nibbling your favourite bar, safe in the knowledge that you are making a difference. There are many different Fairtrade chocolate products on the market including some well known and favourite brands such as Cadburys and Green and Blacks
FAIR Vodka is the first Fairtrade vodka in the world. It is uniquely quinoa based with the quinoa being cultivated by over 1,200 small producers in the Bolivian Altiplano.
The Co-Operative stock the largest range of Fairtrade cakes, including yummy flavours such as chocolate sponge and banana loaf. You can also make your own cakes using Fairtrade sugar, cocoa, jams and spreads.
4. Ice cream
Ben and Jerry’s currently produce a selection of Fairtrade ice creams and are reported to be sourcing Fairtrade ingredients for their entire range of ice creams and frozen yoghurts.
More than 50 manufacturers and plantations work with Fairtrade to make quality wines that makes a difference to people’s lives – so sit back and raise your glass to Fairtrade!
Fairtrade fortnight 29th February – 13th March 2016
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