How does Fairtrade make a difference?
It makes life better for communities
The Premium means farmers and workers can invest in their communities – improving schools, paying teachers’ salaries, building roads, improving access to clean water, new clinics and immunisation programmes, adult literacy programmes and many more …. Fairtrade farmers and workers often feel a real sense of control over their future with greater power and voice; they vote democratically on how to spend the Premium. Improvements can take place in gender equality and empowering of women and girls.
It protects the climate
Fairtrade promotes environmentally friendly practices, such as improving soil and water quality, prohibiting harmful chemicals and encouraging biodiversity. Fairtrade co-operatives provide training to farmers, helping them to adapt to climate change and convert to organic production. Over 50% of all Fairtrade certified producers are also certified organic. Many producers invest the Premium in environmental sustainability, such as providing more resilient crops to farmers struggling to cope with outbreaks of pests and diseases, or planting new trees to protect soils and indigenous wildlife.
It improves productivity and quality
Through technical support and better farming practices to improve the amount and quality of their crops, farmers can earn more at the same time as protecting the environment.
It raises living standards
The Fairtrade Minimum Price and Fairtrade premium support farmers growing products such as cocoa, coffee and bananas become more income-secure and less vulnerable to poverty. The Premium can go towards living expenses that farmers and producers would otherwise have to pay themselves, such as school fees. This frees up money to be used for other things, such as food, projects to generate other food sources and subsidised food loans which can be a valuable lifeline during lean months.
FAIRTRADE AS A CERTIFICATION IS MUCH MORE THAN MERELY AN ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION, IT IS THE ONLY AND BEST ETHICAL AND SOCIAL CERTIFICATION THAT REALLY ENSURES SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL, ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT, AND THEREFORE HUMAN IMPACT
Fairtrade really is FAIR TO THE PEOPLE, FAIR TO THE PLANET
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Baildon Methodist Church has Fairtrade Church status. That means that we meet these 3 goals:
- We use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which we have responsibility
- We use other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit whenever possible
- We promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.
We go beyond these goals by our committed support to our regular Traidcraft stall. Buying Traidcraft products means we also support many artisans who are not in a position to work towards Fairtrade certification.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?
Always choose the product with the Fairtrade logo – you know it makes a difference
Tell others about the benefits of Fairtrade
Look out for Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 (29th February 2016 to 13th March 2016)
Support Baildon Fairtrade Group – for more information and how you can help, contact the Convenors Mike and Elaine de Villiers
Tel: 01274 582384
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