1:32pm Friday 1st March 2013
Sir, – I am writing to remind readers that we are in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight which is the nationwide effort to promote awareness of Fairtrade and urge people to buy products carrying the FAIRTRADE mark.It unites allFairtrade supporters, bringing together retailers, manufacturers, producers and consumers.
D & S readers will find tastings, displays and other events showcasing the wide variety of Fairtrade products available across the region. Smallholders in developing countries are increasingly hit by fluctuating commodity prices affecting their income and the prices they pay for the food they buy themselves, rising global food prices, rising production costs, and climate change.
By being part of the Fairtrade network they are guaranteed a fair price, a market for their work and an added premium which supports the development of community facilities such as schools.
InRichmond we are reminding people ofthe importance of being aware of where their food comes from and of where they do their shopping. We all want our market towns to survive but that means people have to use them.
So we ask readers to stop and think when they shop.
Support the small producer, switch to a Fairtrade product where they can, seek outlocally-produced items and use their local market place.
GILLIAN HOWELLS Rosemary Lane, Richmond.
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