Rod Thorpe: February 2016
The slogan for the Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February to 13 March) is: Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers! As Martin Luther King famously said, 'before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half the world'. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally. Many are unaware that the people who grow some of our food can't always feed their own families with an effective diet. By using Fairtrade products as part of our breakfast and other meals we can support farmers and workers to put food on the table to help physical and mental development of their families.
So what Fairtrade products could you consider for breakfast? -Bananas-Coffee- Dried Fruit- Fresh Fruit — Honey- Juices — Nuts/Oil. Seeds/Oil — Quinoa (can be used in or as porridge) — Rice (in a Kedgeree) — Spices- Sugar- Tea. Some items, such Muesli, are already prepared for you. Also, remember that some UK milk is now sold on the basis the farmer gets a proper price for the product.
How much might your Fairtrade breakfast benefit the producer? Whatever the price of the product on the shelf, the FAIRTRADE Mark ensures that the producers have received what is agreed as a fairer price, as well as the Fairtrade premium to invest in the future of their communities. The Fairtrade price applies at the point where the producer organisation sells to the next person in the supply chain
(usually an exporter or importer). It is not calculated as a proportion of the final retail price, which is negotiated between the product manufacturer and the retailer. Therefore regardless of what you pay, the producer is assured a fair price plus a premium, the difference is shared by the others involved in the supply and distribution chain. What can you do?
Try to buy and Buy to try FAIRTRADE Products. (Watch out for the FAIRTRADE symbol) Ask others if they use FAIRTRADE products and if they will give you a portion to try. In addition to a taste good experience you should also be entitled to have a feel good experience knowing that your breakfast habit is doing more good than just to you. If you wish to explore more visit www.Fairtrade.org.uk
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Dear Friends,I hope and trust all goes well with you and yours. I am sure you share my prayer that a vaccine will soon emerge so that something of the normality for which we grieve will soon re-emerge.Can I apologise for the problems with sound on the stream since we returned to church. We think this is something to do with the stream and so beyond our control. Unfortunately the man who...
Richard has a Marmite moment with Jonah, especially with his reaction in Jonah 4:1-10.Jonah's Anger at the LORD's Compassion1 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, "Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God...
During the lock down, people have been sending me cheques by post or making a direct payment to the Church bank account. Now that services have re commenced you can revert to taking your collection to Church in the normal way. However, if you decide not to attend Church yet, please continue sending cheques to me, made payable to "Aylesbury Methodist Church". Thank you to all those...
Community centre - Cards for Good Causes: 30 local and national charities