A few tasty facts for World Fair Trade Day

This coming Saturday (May 12th) is World Fair Trade Day.

Fairtrade is such a simple, yet powerful concept and it’s good to be reminded of the difference we can make to people’s lives all round the world just by the choices we make when we shop.  The wonderful Fairtrade Foundation website explains what World Fair Trade Day is all about:

“World Fair Trade Day is a celebration of Fair Trade Organisations (FTOs) who are 100% fair trade companies, purely dedicated to making all their trading fair by incorporating fair trade principles into the fabric of their entire business. Many FTO’s, such as Divine, Café Direct and Liberation, are partly owned by producers. They all have direct relationships with the people growing the products so they can understand the challenges the farmers face meeting quality or quantity requirements and help them overcome them.”

This year the Fairtrade Foundation wants to draw attention to the pioneering work being done by Fair Trade Organisations by encouraging everyone to sit down to a fair trade breakfast including as many fair trade ingredients as possible.

Sounds good to me.  They’ve even produced some recipe cards you can download to give you plenty of inspiration.

Fairtrade is one of those things that lends itself to producing interesting and inspiring facts and statistics.  So for those of us who enjoy a good set of facts(myself included), I hope you find the following enjoyable:

  • The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.
  • The first Fairtrade certified product Green & Black’s Maya Gold Chocolate made with cocoa from Belize was launched in 1994, shortly followed by Cafédirect coffee and Clipper tea.
  • 60% of Fairtrade farmers and workers are based in Africa. Thanks to them we can buy Fairtrade cotton clothing, cosmetics, wine, fruit, coffee, tea, chocolate and much much more…
  • Fairtrade is a thriving and growing campaign movement with over 500 Fairtrade Towns, over 600 Fairtrade Schools, over 140 Fairtrade Universities and over 6,700 Fairtrade Faith groups.
  • 19 million glasses of Fairtrade wine were enjoyed in the UK in 2010. You can buy Fairtrade wines in most major retailers and selected wine merchants. Or savour a glass in one of 137 Marston’s pubs across the UK.
  • Three of the top chocolate brands in the UK are now Fairtrade. Look out for Kit Kats and Cadbury Dairy Milk bars with the FAIRTRADE Mark and from next summer, Maltesers too!
  • Chichester Cathedral is the world’s first public building to display Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold. In October 2011 a 3ft cockerel was gilded in Fairtrade certified gold and positioned atop the 270ft Cathedral spire.
  • Three out of 10 bananas sold in the UK are Fairtrade. All bananas in Sainsbury’s are Fairtrade – they sell 1,200 Fairtrade bananas a minute adding up to a whopping 650 million a year.
  • Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold was launched this year on Valentine’s Day. The gold is mined by small scale artisanal miners in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Livia Firth wore Fairtrade gold to this year’s Oscar ceremony in LA.

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