Talking Tea. ‘From farm to fly cup.’ Weds 19th July.


The next ‘Fly Cups and Fancy Pieces’ event will be held at Turriff Museum/Heritage Centre at 1.30pm on Weds 19th July.

We will be talking tea, sustainability and exploring how Brexit potentially affects Fair Trade. In the light of Sainsbury’s decision to drop the Fairtrade label from its products, and Waitrose’s decision to do the opposite we will look at what we, the consumer can do to make sure that we don’t taste exploitation in our cuppa!

This is a workshop NOT a drop-in. You turn up at 1.30pm and stay till 3pm – during which time we’ll have chat, reading and share some fairtrade tea, coffee and fine pieces. (Feel free to bring your own fairtrade contribution!)

For more information in advance please go to: http://www.thedeveronpress.scot/projects.html

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Our first project is a result of an innovation grant from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. Our views, of course, are entirely our own and not necessarily endorsed by SFTF. You’re welcome to attend…
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TELL SAINSBURY’S “DON’T DITCH FAIRTRADE” – SIGN THE PETITION

You may have seen in the news recently that Sainsbury’s have decided to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea and replace it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ label.

It means their Red and Gold Label, Green and Rooibos teas are no longer Fairtrade certified. Sainsbury’s are piloting a self-run sustainability scheme instead, and these are the first products launched as part of it.

Sign this Change.org petition and tell Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade.

Sainsbury’s asked the Fairtrade Foundation to work with them on their scheme, but we have some major concerns about it. You can read our statement here.

They include the fact that the farmers who grow their ‘Fairly Traded’ tea do not have a fair say in how the scheme is run. They will not be allowed to decide themselves how they invest the cash bonus they get on top of what they earn for their tea (similar to the Fairtrade Premium). Instead, the money will be held by Sainsbury’s, who have told farmers they have to apply to a board in London to find out if they can have it.

Over 220,000 tea producers stand to be affected by the change, and those we have spoken to are deeply dismayed. Fairtrade farmers have written an open letter to Sainsbury’s making it clear how unhappy they are:

We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: your model will bring about disempowerment. We are extremely concerned about the power and control that Sainsbury’s seeks to exert over us.’

Another major concern is how the ‘Fairly Traded’ label on their own-brand tea could be misleading customers. It is very clearly written on the front of packs but the tea is not independently Fairtrade certified, it is self-accredited by Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury’s are the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK, and have proudly supported it for many years, with thousands of farmers and workers relying on their business. That’s why we’re hopeful that through discussions we can still persuade them to change their approach.

If you would like to show Sainsbury’s how much you support Fairtrade, you can sign the Change.org petition set up by Barbara Gwinnett, a long-time Fairtrade campaigner and Chair of Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership.

SIGN THE PETITION

It’s being backed by Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and Tearfund who have been publicly sharing their concerns about the scheme with Sainsbury’s too.

 

Thank you for your support,

Jonathan Smith

Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

 

 

https://www.change.org/p/sainsbury-s-don-t-ditch-fairtrade

TELL SAINSBURY’S “DON’T DITCH FAIRTRADE” – SIGN THE PETITION

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You may have seen in the news recently that Sainsbury’s have decided to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea and replace it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ label.

It means their Red and Gold Label, Green and Rooibos teas are no longer Fairtrade certified. Sainsbury’s are piloting a self-run sustainability scheme instead, and these are the first products launched as part of it.

Sign this Change.org petition and tell Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade.

Sainsbury’s asked the Fairtrade Foundation to work with them on their scheme, but we have some major concerns about it. You can read our statement here.

They include the fact that the farmers who grow their ‘Fairly Traded’ tea do not have a fair say in how the scheme is run. They will not be allowed to decide themselves how they invest the cash bonus they get on top of what they earn for their tea (similar to the Fairtrade Premium). Instead, the money will be held by Sainsbury’s, who have told farmers they have to apply to a board in London to find out if they can have it.

Over 220,000 tea producers stand to be affected by the change, and those we have spoken to are deeply dismayed. Fairtrade farmers have written an open letter to Sainsbury’s making it clear how unhappy they are:

We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: your model will bring about disempowerment. We are extremely concerned about the power and control that Sainsbury’s seeks to exert over us.’

Another major concern is how the ‘Fairly Traded’ label on their own-brand tea could be misleading customers. It is very clearly written on the front of packs but the tea is not independently Fairtrade certified, it is self-accredited by Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury’s are the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK, and have proudly supported it for many years, with thousands of farmers and workers relying on their business. That’s why we’re hopeful that through discussions we can still persuade them to change their approach.

If you would like to show Sainsbury’s how much you support Fairtrade, you can sign the Change.org petition set up by Barbara Gwinnett, a long-time Fairtrade campaigner and Chair of Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership.

SIGN THE PETITION

It’s being backed by Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and Tearfund who have been publicly sharing their concerns about the scheme with Sainsbury’s too.

 

Thank you for your support,

Jonathan Smith

Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

 

 

https://www.change.org/p/sainsbury-s-don-t-ditch-fairtrade

FIVE WAYS TO MAKE FAIRTRADE FAIRER

by Emily McCoy, Fairtrade Foundation

Five ways to help make trade fairer

Following World Fair Trade Day (13th May), campaigners, food lovers and supporters across five continents are joining together to recognise the people involved in trade throughout the supply chain of some of our favourite products. In the UK the Fairtrade Foundation is celebrating five Fairtrade pioneers to highlight how your everyday changes can make a big difference to farmers and workers across the world.

Here’s five recipe ideas using Fairtrade ingredients that link you right back to the source, so you know the food you’re enjoying isn’t at someone else’s expense.

Divine’s Chocolate Panettone

Enjoy a sweet treat for breakfast (or any time of the day!) with the knowledge that the profit from the chocolate you’re using in this luxurious loaf means cocoa farmers like Mercy from the Kuapa Kokoo co-op in Ghana can invest in better ways to cope with climate change on her farm.

Liberation’s Cashew Peanut Curry

This veggie delight created by Chef Joe Hurd, perfectly highlights the humble nut as the main focus – just like Liberation who make doing the right thing their business by supporting nut farmers around the world, like Thomas in Kerala. He has farmed since the age of 15 and now his small family farm is part of Fairtrade co-operative Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, meaning Thomas has more control over the price he receives for these prime cashews and can improve crop diversity on the farm.

Shared Interest suggest Quick Quinoa with Veg

The quinoa season is short. Which means female farmers like Efigenia struggle to make ends meet between seasons. But because Shared Interest make it their business to support farmers like Efigenia, you can enjoy this superfood, sold via Andean Naturals, in safe knowledge that you’re not feeding exploitation.

Try Traidcraft Fairtrade Coffee & Walnut Cake

Your coffee might not be all it’s cracked up to be. But to make sure you can satisfy those cookery cravings, Traidcraft have an online shop full with Fairtrade supplies, perfect for a classic coffee & walnut cake. Traidcraft work with farmers like Abraham in Guatemala, who now owns his own small coffee plot alongside producing honey. Now you can enjoy that extra slice while you’re celebrating on the 13th May.

Zaytoun’s Maftoul Salad

Bring your grains to life with Fairtrade, organic olive oil from Zaytoun’s olive farms in Palestine. Because Zaytoun support family farmers like Mohammed, he receives a fair price for his olives and can continue to support his family through school and university. Plus the recipe is sensationally simple! Find the recipe made by Fairtrade Patron Allegra in Palestine, in Delicious Magazine.

You can find out more about these farmers and how these businesses support them by watching their stories over on the Fairtrade Foundation’s Facebook page.

Check Out World Fair Trade Tartan!

Check Out World Fair Trade Tartan!

A special tartan has been designed to celebrate Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation status and will be presented to WFTO President Rudi Dalvai and Minister for International Development, Alasdair Allan for World Fair Trade Day, 13 May 2017, Edinburgh.

Tania Pramschufer, director of Hand Up Events, worked in collaboration with textile designers House of Edgar to design the tartan, which incorporates the vibrant green and blue colours associated with the Fair Trade cause.

The World Fair Trade tartan, designed to commemorate Scotland’s status as a Fair Trade nation, will also help to support Fair Trade crafts makers and designers around the globe, thanks to a partnership facilitated by Eve Broadis of WFTO-member business, Fair Trade Scotland. Official World Fair Trade tartan products will be made and designed at Villageworks in Cambodia, with proceeds from the line of bags and accessories shared between Villageworks and Fair Trade Scotland.

Eve Broadis added: “We are so proud to be launching a range of World Fair Trade Tartan accessories from our Cambodian partner, Villageworks. As WFTO members, both organisations encompass the 10 WFTO Fair Trade Principles into their daily working practice, and the consumer can be confident that their purchase contributes to sustainable livelihoods for the artisans and their families.”

Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum welcomed the initiative: “This is a great example of partnership between business here in Scotland and Fair Trade producers.”

Attendees of the Fair Trade Fiesta and FashionABLE events this weekend (Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May) will be able to see the first kilts made from the WFTO tartan, worn by WFTO President Rudi Dalvai and model Jack Eyers.

FAIRTRADE FASHION ON SHOW – PITMEDDEN – THIS FRIDAY 28th APRIL 7:30 pm

A Fairtrade Fashion Show this Friday 28th of April. Pitmedden Church. Ethical sheek on show. To raise money for Christian Aid.

MID-FORMARTINE FAIRTRADE CAFÉ CRAWL! – MARCH 2017

Mid-Formartine Fairtrade Café Crawl!

Get a spring in your step and wipe away the winter blues with a bar of fairtrade chocolate-Free!!

Just go to any of the coffee shops mentioned below and collect a Fairtrade Café Crawl Card. Then every time you have a fairly traded coffee or tea between March 4th-18th you can gain a stamp. 10 stamps and the free large bar of chocolate is yours!

Fairtrade coffee and tea ensure a fair wage for the producers. Any fairtrade product ensures the welfare and health of workers and the environment.

A great way to help others, and treat yourself—all over a cuppa with your friends! Why not take a selfie and post on the Formartine fairtrade facebook page.(www.facebook.com/FairtradeFormartine) We would love to see your photos. Extra prizes for the most entertaining and unusual posts.

Participating coffee shops include;

  • The Coffee Apothecary , Udny
  • Haddo cafe in the park
  • The FPC Corner Café, Newburgh
  • Pitmedden Kirk cafe(wednesdays)
  • The Community café, Methlick
  • Tarves kirk cafe(Tuesdays)
  • Formartines
  • Oldmeldrum Community Cafe
  • J.G. Ross, Oldmeldrum Square
  • Mrs. Smith’s, Haddo
  • Lochter, by Oldmeldrum
  • Potterton Pop-Up cafe

FYVIE SCHOOL BREWS UP A FAIR FLY CUP – TUESDAY 7th MARCH 2017

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FAIRTRADE TREAT – UP TILL 12TH MARCH 2017

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Did you know that your local Oxfam shop is stocked full of products from Fairtrade pioneers like Divine Chocolate, Liberation Nuts and Tropical Wholefoods? These wonderful businesses have farmers and workers at the heart of everything they do.

To celebrate the fact that it’s Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February – 12 March), Oxfam are offering 20 percent off all Fairtrade food and drink!

producerkaborechristineThey are also sharing how Fairtrade has empowered women farmers like Kabore Christine, a mango farmer from Burkina Faso in West Africa. After fleeing war in Côte d’Ivoire, many women in her community were left widowed and homeless. Kabore Christine now looks after 15 children, including eight of her own. Together, the women in her co-operative are rebuilding their lives.

Since becoming Fairtrade certified, Kabore Christine and farmers in a number of other co-operatives have used their Fairtrade Premium to improve their communities. They have provided women farmers with loans for bicycles so they can get to work and for gas cookers for their homes. The co-operatives have also invested in healthcare centres, adult literacy classes and a crèche.

Find your local shop

So, when you pick up your dried mango in Oxfam, you could be eating fruit grown by Kabore Christine. Just pop into a store near you and see for yourself just how many delicious Fairtrade products there are.

Happy Fairtrade Fortnight!

THE FAIR GAME – AN EVENING OF FOOTBALL WITH A DIFFERENCE

Attention all football fans-an evening with a difference!

Are you involved with a football or other sports club? Then this is for you.

bala-football-20170218This year, Mid-Formartine Fairtrade group are reaching out to all those involved in the “beautiful game” and encouraging football to become fair as well as beautiful by using fairtrade footballs. Most of the world’s footballs are produced in a town called Sialkot in Pakistan. Though public outcry a few years ago did result in an end to the use of child labour in the production of footballs, it did not necessarily lead to decent working conditions nor a fair wage for adult workers. However, several companies in the Uk decided to try and source footballs whose production does treat workers fairly . One of these is a Glasgow based company called Balasport, co-sponsors of last year’s Homeless World Cup and supplier,via the SFA, to the Bank of Scotland Midnight league. During Fairtrade Fortnight this year, on March 9th and 10th, Angus Coull from Balasport will be visiting schools in Aberdeenshire and in Aberdeen to present the case for Fairtrade footballs.

We are delighted to announce that on the evening of March 9th, he will also be visiting Formartine United Football Club in Pitmedden to give a presentation to club officials from youth teams and school sports clubs from all over the area.The evening will run from 6.30 -8p.m. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to try out and order balls at a 30% discount. Bala balls are made to the same specifications as FIFA approved balls . At the moment Bala mainly supply footballs ,but are working on production of rugby, netball and volleyballs which should all be available soon. Any club or team in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire is warmly invited to send representatives along, to hear how they can help not only youngsters at home but families in Pakistan . Football, and sport in general, link countries together and here is a way of making that connection even more positive. We would love to see you on March,9th.

For more information about the evening or to confirm your attendance ,please contact

Vicky Allan — vickywhimster@googlemail.com tel 01651 842402 or

Anne Aspden -annemaspden@yahoo.co.uk tel. 01651 842329

the Bala website is also worth a visit-

www.balasport.co.uk

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