Staff of the United Reformed Church are joining in a world record attempt! On Friday 6 March, those working at Church House will each eat one banana as part of a simultaneous worldwide banana eating event, in support of Fairtrade.
Linda Mead, the URC’s Commitment for Life programme co-ordinator explains: “We want to highlight the plight of banana growers. The Fairtrade Foundation aims to double the number of fairly traded bananas bought in the UK by 2012. This would directly benefit producer communities and send a strong message to the government, retailers and companies about how trade should work.”
“The trade has made big profits for banana companies, but this has declined rapidly. Most profit is now made at the top of the supply chain by increasingly powerful supermarkets. They squeeze farmers and plantation workers. A series of bitter battles between supermarkets has made conditions in the mainstream banana industry miserable.”
Producers and Fairtrade supporter groups all over the world will be joining in the 24-hour attempt to set a record. For more details about Fairtrade visit the Fairtrade website, and look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on products when you shop.
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