Fair Trade is Worth Fighting For

March 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

To Hebden Bridge’s Quaker Meeting House, for a Lenten lunch. This was very tasty, and was organised in celebration of Fair Trade fortnight. There were illuminating talks on how the FT movement has developed over the last decade. Nioka Abbott from St Vincent was particularly inspiring, describing how proud she and her colleagues are of their FT bananas. I visited St Vincent in 1994 (before I stopped flying and before fairtrade bananas existed) so it was fascinating to hear how the trade has developed since then.

I also learned that ‘chiquita’ refers to a type of small banana (good) as well as a rapacious US company (less good). Obviously bananas do their share of food miles, but I feel better about eating them now that I know more about the fairness of Fair Trade.

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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