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Flintshire celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight

Published: 05/03/2015

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which is running from 23 February to 8 March, Flintshire is celebrating ten years of its status as a Fairtrade County. In December 2003, the Flintshire County Councils then Executive supported the decision for a group of local people to pursue the status of Fairtrade County for Flintshire. This year marks a decade of the county having Fairtrade status, which needs to be renewed every two years. Flintshires Fairtrade Coalition was awarded Fairtrade status having encouraged the purchase of goods directly from producers in developing countries. The County Council is part of that coalition and, for its part, serves Fairtrade tea and coffee at all its meetings. Chair of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Glenys Diskin, said: “The Flintshire coalition is encouraging everyone to support Fairtrade and we are asking outlets to sell or serve Fairtrade products. Fairtrade is not a charity, but is about allowing people to help themselves by gaining a fair and reasonable price for the products they produce. Products are of a high quality, and they are available on our High Streets from most major retailers. They include tea, sugar, coffee, chocolate, wine and bananas.” The Fairtrade mark of products: - guarantees farmers a fair and stable price for their products which helps relieve poverty - guarantees extra income for farmers and plantation workers to improve their lives by providing water supplies and schools for children - guarantees greater respect for the environment - many growing practices are organic - guarantees small farmers a stronger position in world markets helping them to help themselves - guarantees no forced child labour.