Fairtrade Logo

More and more people are making the positive switch to Fairtrade. Since 1995, sales of Fairtrade products have increased at a rate of around 26% per year. In the year 2000 over £30 million worth of fairly traded goods were bought in the UK.

So, the Fairtrade symbol becoming more common place, but what does it mean? If you had a cup of tea or coffee today or a chocolate bar or banana, where did they come from? Where did the money you spent on them go to? Who benefited from the sale?

Why Buy Fairtrade food?

Buying products that display the Fairtrade logo ensures that the producers of products like tea, coffee and chocolate receive a decent income. Rather than being hit by the ever-changing price of their product on the world market, or being fleeced by a middleman who takes a chunky share of the profits, producers in a Fairtrade scheme are guaranteed a decent, stable price for their produce.

Over 90 products now carry the Fairtrade mark and this number is growing all the time: quality and choice to help you make your choice. You can buy fresh fruit such as bananas and mangoes, blended and speciality teas, cocoa, many flavours of chocolate, instant, roast and decaffeinated coffee, wine, sugar, juice, honey, rice, cereals, and snacks. It is now possible to buy products which neither exploit the environment or the people who produce them. Fairtrade gives you the opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives and well-being of producers.

As the range of products on offer increases, so does the availability of such products: local stockists, supermarkets, delicatessens, cafes, and Fairtrade shops are all participating in the push for ethical consumerism. Our Directory will guide you to some of the places within Manchester and its locality that stock or use Fairtrade products.

By purchasing Fairtrade foods, you are ensuring that:

  1. The producers are paid enough to cover the costs of sustainable production and living and to invest in the development of their businesses and staff.
  2. The producers receive payments in advance for fertilisers and tools when required.
  3. Long term business relationships are established that allow the producers to plan and use sustainable production practices.
  4. Working conditions are acceptable and no child labour is used.
  5. The empowerment of women is promoted.
  6. Awareness of environmental issues is encouraged.
  7. The promotion of Trade not Aid - commitment to long term trading relationships to provide stability and security.
  8. Paying Fair prices to producers which reflect the TRUE cost of production.
  9. Producer organisations in social development projects are supported - many provide health and education facilities.

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