Antrim – a Fairtrade Borough

After a lot of hard work, Antrim has been declared Northern Ireland’s first Fairtrade Borough. I know that David Ford MLA who was Councillor for Antrim Town worked very hard as chair of the Antrim Council’s Fairtrade committee, before he stepped down from the Council on becoming the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland earlier this year.

Speaking before an event earlier in the year, David Ford MLA said:

It’s easy to take part – just swap your usual brands for Fairtrade brands. Gone are the days when you had to search all over the town to try and track down a solitary jar of Fairtrade coffee.  The range has grown and there are now over 3,000 products to choose from! By [going] along to the Fairtrade Fayres, you will be able to browse the stalls for yourself and see the wide range of Fairtrade food products, crafts, and jewellery. It will help you swap your usual stuff for Fairtrade items.

Fairtrade believes that developing world producers should be in control of their own lives, by getting a better deal for the work that they do. Two billion people, a third of humanity, survive on less than $2 a day. Unfair trade rules keep them in poverty but they face the global challenges of food shortages and climate change too.

Personally, I try to eat Fairtrade bananas and drink Fairtrade tea, although since I rarely drink tea as a result of particular medications it’s rare that I now buy tea. I would urge everyone to think about using Fairtrade products in their daily lives.

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