Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 27 February –
Sunday 12 March
Did you know that bananas are the most popular fruit in the world? So says Fairtrade Fortnight. And we certainly all know how much we depend on tea and coffee, cocoa and chocolate. Yet all of these crops are at risk of becoming occasional luxuries, perhaps even rarer than that, rather than commonly available as they are now. Take bananas as an example. Climate change threatens growers in the Caribbean and central America with more extreme temperatures and less rainfall. Those in southeast Asia will face more cyclones which will be more severe (and here too, as we run short of tomatoes, we are learning how vital the weather is to anyone who is growing food).
If you buy Fairtrade goods, though, you are contributing to efforts to deal with this. You ensure that a fair proportion of the cost gets back to the farmers, and enables them to move to more sustainable methods of growing their crops, which they cannot afford to do without that sort of help. This will help to maintain those crops in future years, good for both the farmers and for us!