Fairtrade fortnight ~ 25th Feb – 9th March.
Choosing to buy Fairftrade products can make a lot of difference. It can improve the lives of many disadvantaged people . . . it can help provide fair wages and better opportunites and it can empower communities to become more self-reliant. And importantly, it sends a clear message to our supermarkets and stores that we, the consumer, would like our produce to be sourced without exploitation or cruelty.
Fairtrade goods are usually competatively priced and even if we just bought the fairtrade coffee and tea it would make a difference. And the retailers will be listening.
Talking of ethical spending, I know it’s not always possible for people to buy ethically. Some families on a budget have to buy what they can afford which means that organic produce and free-range goods are often out of bounds for them but I would implore those who can afford it, to buy free-range wherever possible, especially chickens. Battery-production really is appalling. A friend recently told me that battery chickens in supermarkets have sores on their legs caused by sitting in their own urine for hours on end. And if they don’t have sores, it means they have been cut out before they reach the shelves.
As humans, we know better. There’s no excuse for cruelty. Fortunately, the government is going ahead with the push to ban battery-farmed hens.