Call for shoppers and businesses to buy Fairtrade

Scott Dickinson
Scott Dickinson

A would-be MP is calling on communities in north Northumberland to choose a shopping list that changes lives this Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts tomorrow.

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.

Labour councillor and parliamentary candidate for Berwick, Scott Dickinson, 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 north Northumberland will choose to play their part and opt for Fairtrade products whenever they can.”

Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, said: “The UK should be proud that even in these challenging economic times, we are choosing to spend more on Fairtrade products. It is a testament to the British values of social justice that last year we spent over £1.5billionn on Fairtrade products, allowing producers in the developing world to invest in their businesses and local communities.”

Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight for more information and to get involved in your area.