Castleford MP Yvette Cooper celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight by joining staff giving out tasters of Fairtrade goodies at Castleford’s Co-Operative Store.
Co-Op Stores lead the UK in helping farmers and producers in some of the poorest parts of the world earn a fair wage for their produce.
The store have made sure that all their own brand chocolate, bananas and tea and coffee are Fairtrade and, just in time for Valentine's Day last month, they switched all their roses to Fairtrade.
Fairtrade means better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay proper prices (which must never fall lower than the market price) and supporting farmers to work together, Fairtrade helps individual famers and smaller producers compete with massive multinationals. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Yvette Cooper said:
“The Fairtrade movement – led by the Co-Op - is going from strength to strength. That’s because people here in Castleford and across the UK know that everyone who does a decent day’s work deserves a decent day’s pay, wherever in the world they work.”