FAIR TRADE ANNUAL SALE – BONNYTON, PITMEDDEN 8 TO 12 NOV 2107

The wonderful sale of all things Fairtrade from Traidcraft, Zaytoun, Equal Exchange, Clipper and many more.  All at Bonnyton Farmouse, at the end of Bonnyton Road, Pitmedden.  Come and get gifts and essentials, clothing and foodie treats. Always coffee/tea and cakes & lunchtime soup available.

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UPDATE ON SAINSBURY’S USE OF FAIRTRADE TEA

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Dear all

Many supporters have been asking what the latest news is regarding Sainsbury’s decision to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea, so here’s a quick update on what’s been happening over the summer.

Nearly 100,000 people have signed the Change.org petition started by Fairtrade supporter Barbara Gwinnett, and supported by Oxfam, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and many more. The petition received a response from Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s CEO, in July and you can read Barbara’s reply here.

In the last few weeks, a group of charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Traidcraft Exchange, the Women’s Institute, Tearfund and Global Justice Now have launched their own campaign to stop Sainsbury’s ditching Fairtrade. They’re asking supporters to campaign locally and have lots of ideas and resources available. You can find out more at dontditchfairtrade.com

The Fairtrade Foundation remains focused on finding a way forward with Sainsbury’s that is in the best interests of the tea farmers and workers we represent, and are still hopeful that through discussions we can see their own-brand tea go back to being Fairtrade certified.

A reminder that you can find our latest FAQs here, our response to Sainsbury’s announcement here, and Fairtrade tea farmers’ response here.

And of course, please keep choosing Fairtrade certified tea and asking your friends, family and local community to do the same.

Jonathan Smith

Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade Foundation, 3rd Floor, Ibex House, 42-47 Minories London EC3N 1DY

We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1043886) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no 2733136).

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FAIRTRADE SUPPORTER? GIVE US YOU VIEWS

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We’d really like to get to know our FAIRTRADE supporters a little bit better.

Could you spare ten minutes to take our survey and tell us about what’s important to you as well as what you think about Fairtrade?

Take the survey

We really value your support and it’ll help us make sure you get to hear about the things you really care about.

Thanks a (Fairtrade) bunch.

Supporter Team, Fairtrade Foundation

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

Projects

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.

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