MP to mark Fairtrade Fortnight

March 2, 2013 1:11 PM

Local MP Tom Brake marked the Fairtrade Fortnight by visiting the Fairtrade stall at the St Nicholas Centre on Saturday.

The stall, organised by the Sutton Fairtrade Community Group, is part of the Fairtrade Fortnight, a national event which runs from 25th February to 10th March 2013.

Tom said:

"I'm pleased to support the Fairtrade Fortnight and the message behind this campaign. Farmers and producers in the developing world have the right to make a decent living from their hard work."

"I know that many shoppers in Carshalton and Wallington are already helping the cause by buying Fairtrade goods. I would like to encourage everyone to buy Fairtrade products and help workers and their families get a better deal."

The Fairtrade Fortnight is organised annually to raise awareness of the difference Fairtrade makes to farmers and producers in the developing countries. It encourages for the Fairtrade mark to be used on more products, and for the consumers to support the campaign by buying Fairtrade approved goods As part of the campaign, buyers are encouraged to switch to a Fairtrade brand of tea, coffee or chocolate.

Sutton has been a Fairtrade borough since 2005. All residents are invited to visit the stall stocking Fairtrade products in St Nicholas Centre on 2 March 2013, 10am-4pm. Shoppers will be given the chance to try Fairtrade products, as well as to find out more about ethical trading.

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