Launching Fairtrde Fortnight
Among them were the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stuart Earl, children, organisers and bakers all ready to kick off the campaign in Bexhill.
Fairtrade committee chairman Jack Doherty said: “Everyone was keen to go bananas for fairtrade.” The breakfast included banana and fruit bread and cakes, biscuits, geobars, traditional Kenyan tea and Columbian coffees with Fairtrade-logo topped cupcakes and a celebration 20th Birthday Fairtrade cake. As Cllr Earl cut the cake he congratulated all present and the wider Bexhill community for embracing ethical trade.
He emphasised that more people are connecting with producers on a global and local level and said supermarkets should give a fairer price and priority to poor farmers around the world.
Ghislaine Picard urged businesses in Bexhill to use fair tea and coffee and treat staff to a few Fairtrade biscuits too, while Jack drew attention to the fact that while all were happy and smiling at breakfast, the happiest smiles were those of the producers of the goodies whose children were now guaranteed a brighter educated healthier future.
Jack added: “Due to ever-changing economic conditions worldwide, the main theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is for Cocoa, Tea and Sugar. Sudden changes in the quota systems in Europe and decreasing 30% of sugar prices is plunging about 200,000 cane sugar producers into dire poverty.”
Tonight (Friday February 27) sees a showing at St Mary Magdalene’s Hall (opposite the station) of new film ‘Fairtrade Matters’ in conjunction with ‘Seeds of Freedom’ from Global Justice looking at the issue of ownership of seeds and the environment. All to be enjoyed with a Q & A session with fairly traded wine tasting and tea and coffee. Doors open at 6.30pm with the showing beginning at 7pm.