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Ben Charlton

on 23 March 2010

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Transcript of Fairtrade

Fairtrade What is fairtrade about? Fairtrade brings together producers, businesses,
communities and individuals to campaign for a
fairer trade system. 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.

Fairtrade gives the farmers a FAIR share of the profit. It seems unfair that the farmers who work all year get the least amount of money from the profit. If you buy a product with the fairtrade symbol the farmer will get a fair share of the profit

It also makes sure that the product you are buying was not made by a six year old child with poor working conditions but instead an adult will be earning a proper wage for his work It means:
Farmers are paid enough to cover what it costs them to grow their produce, pay for their basic needs and make some improvements to their lives
On top of that they receive money to spend in their communities on things like health and education and putting back into their businesses
It also helps them to protect the environment by better use of the natural resources and farming organically wherever possible instead of using harmful pesticides
By dealing directly with Fairtrade buyers, farmers can find out what people really want and can improve their products to meet people’s needs. Also, by pooling their resources and working together, the small farmers not only save money they also have a stronger voice and are listened to.
Finally it means we understand more about their lives and their needs by reading their stories and even meeting them when the Fairtrade foundation brings some of them over for Fairtrade Fortnight each year. And they understand more about what we can do to make trade more just.

And how it can be brought into school What does Fairtrade mean? Fairtrade facts and Figures Fairtrade Products In 2008 64% of the UK population recognised the fairtrade mark and understood what the fairtrade mark was about. Compared to 20% in 2002 Globally, consumers worldwide spent £1.6bn on Fairtrade certified products in 2007. This is a 47% increase on the previous year directly benefiting over 7 million people - farmers, workers and their families in 58 developing countries. How can Fairtrade be brought into school Our school has set up a Fairtrade School Steering Group (or committee). At least half of us are pupils or students and we meet together at least once a term.
Our school has written and adopted a whole-school Fairtrade Policy. We have the support of the board of Governors and our Policy is signed by the Headteacher.
Our school is committed to selling, promoting and using Fairtrade products as much as possible. If we have problems, we can at least show that we have tried and will continue trying.
Our whole school learns about Fairtrade In at least three subjects in each of two year groups.
Our school promotes and takes action for Fairtrade at least once a term in the school and once a year in the wider community. This way it becomes a regular part of what we do, and allows everyone to take part in helping to bring about a fairer world. We could become a fairtrade school Swap Items to fairtrade When one of the footballs burst in P.E. if they bought a fairtrade football we would be sure that a worker made the football not a child who could be in school like us.
Also if you ever are sneaky enough to peek through the staffroom window, you will notice a lot of the teachers are drinking tea or coffee. If all the teachers had Fairtrade the tea bags, the coffee beans,the milk and the sugar swaped for fairtrade items they would help so many farmers.
Another point is that our school blazers could be made to use fairtrade cotton. Fairtrade Fortnight Our school could hold a fairtrade fortnight event. This involves promoting fairtrade to the community.
This can be done by:
Food tasting (eating a mix of fairtrade foods)
Fare (selling fairtrade products)
Showing a presentation on fairtrade (like this but to the public).
Thank You And Goodbye
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