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Fairtrade Fortnight - 24 February - 9 March 2014

Friday 31 January 2014

We love bananas – in fact they’re our favourite fruit. In the UK alone we eat over five billion a year. That why the Fairtrade foundation have made this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme the banana!

In the last 10 years, the UK supermarket sector has almost halved the shelf price of loose bananas while the cost of producing them has doubled, trapping many of the farmers and workers who grow them in a cycle of poverty. Does that sound fair to you? Fairtrade provides a vital safety net for banana farmers and workers, by paying a minimum price that aims to cover the costs of sustainable production, and an additional premium that farmers can use to invest in community projects or to improve their businesses. This empowers producers to take control of their lives and provide their families with the basics such as education and healthcare.

To help support the Fairtrade foundation and promote this important message QM will be holding a series of events and promotions during Fairtrade fortnight to show everyone why Fairtrade is so important.

  • Fairtrade Fashion Show
 - This year Green Mary, the Students Union and Estates and Facilities have teamed up to hold a Fairtrade fashion show. Keep an eye on the Fairtrade website www.qmul.ac.uk/fairtrade for more information!
  • Facebook Facts 
- Each day throughout Fairtrade fortnight we will be sharing a different fact about the amazing work the Fairtrade foundation do. To get involved visit QM Sustainability.
  • Fairtrade Food
 - Throughout Fairtrade fortnight the Curve and Mucci’s will be offering special promotions on a variety of Fairtrade products.

For more information about any of the events or to get involved, please contact the QM Sustainability team.

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