Wandsworth MEP Sarah Ludford Supports FairTrade!

Recent report shows 7 in 10 households buy Fairtrade goods

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Sarah is pictured above with LibDem MEP colleagues Fiona Hall and Catherine Bearder with the Fairtrade bunting that is set to break national UK record for the longest string of bunting!




As part of Fairtrade Fortnight over the last two weeks, groups across London organised and took part in events to raise awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade products. Buying Fairtrade cotton, coffee or sugar helps 7.5 million people in the developing world (producers and their families) get a fairer, stable price for their products and a secure livelihood.

To mark the end of Fairtrade Fortnight on 13 March, Wandsworth Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford said:

“Fairtrade is not only an internationally recognised concept – it is a really practical way of making a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Small changes in our shopping habits here in Wandsworth can make a big difference.”

"By buying food, gifts and other products from developing countries we will help grow their economies and reduce poverty. And indeed, surveys have shown that 7 in 10 households buy Fairtrade goods and Fairtrade sales in the UK reached £800m in 2008!”

"It is a great achievement that all the Tate & Lyle sugar that customers buy in shops and supermarkets, produced at the refinery in east London, is now Fairtrade. Now we need to demand that industrial customers of Tate & Lyle - the manufacturers of our favourite biscuits and puddings - also buy Tate & Lyle Fairtrade sugar!"

“MEPs and campaign groups have also been involved in the Fairtrade Fortnight challenge to break a national record and create the world’s longest - and fairest - string of bunting, with Fairtrade cotton triangles – see photo above!”



March 8, 2011