Not only will you enjoy beautiful wines, you’ll also support Fairtrade farmers and workers in developing countries to get a better, fairer deal for their labours.
Zebra View Sauvignon Blanc from M&S
Zebra View Cabernet Sauvignon from M&S
Dolphin Bay Merlot from M&S
Fairtrade Shiraz from Co-op
Fish Hock from Morrisons
W.O. Stellenbosch Pinotage from Waitrose
These are just a small selection of the Fairtrade wines available here in Guernsey.
Fairtrade is a simple way of fighting the unfairness that keeps millions of farmers in poverty.
So, this Christmas make sure your celebrations are shared with others.
Traidcraft was founded as a Christian response to poverty. We take this responsibility seriously and sincerely. Our responsibility today is to hear the voice of future generations and be the kind of business that they need. Millions of young people are waiting for a response. Most decision makers are not hearing. Many are not even listening. Few are acting. We are.
Committed to telling the truth about climate change.
For some farming communities the effects of climate change are already catastrophic, and their livelihoods have been destroyed, or soon will be.
Representing thousands of independent scientists, the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which reports to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has spoken. They have said that it is possible to limit average global temperatures to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels (circa 1850) if we act now and with conviction. If we breach the 1.5C limit we begin to trigger ‘tipping points’ that will multiply the warming process beyond our ability to act.
We can still act. We need to stop denying the science. We need to stop pretending that this isn’t our problem.
Part of the solution is that we need to consume less.
Each citizen in the UK “consumes” around 6.5 tonnes of carbon each year. A sustainable future would limit us to around 1 tonne each. A flight to the Mallorca and back “costs” about 0.5 tonnes of carbon. Eating meat “costs” about 200kg of carbon per person per year. Buying new clothes each year, on average, “costs” each one of us about 700kg of carbon. 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from farming. If we are serious about hearing future generations, we need to “spend” less and think about what we are eating.
As a business it is counter-intuitive to preach the need to consume less. But it is the right thing to do. We want to offer solutions; buying better, less carbon intensive food is important. So, buy recycled, local, organic, and fairly traded goods in that order.
We work with small farmer organisations who have pioneered circular farming techniques: putting carbon back in the ground through re-forestation and composting. It is possible to grow carbon neutral food, but it isn’t easy, and while you will need to pay more, it is far cheaper than the real “cost” of cheap, subsidised industrial food.
We see stewardship of the earth and its resources as a clear expression of our Christian faith.
Part of the solution is how we manage ourselves.
We cannot expect to be a part of the solution if we use the same, tired systems that are largely responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. Gone are the days when privileged, white males should be allowed to decide a company’s (or even the country’s) future.
We are committed to self-organisation. Power is democratised to those who need to make decisions and we operate no hierarchy. We have reduced the range of salaries from 1:6 to 1: 2.4. We decide together how we wish to behave and what is important to us. There is no boss, there is no veto, there are only opportunities to grow and expand on our mission. “We” are part of the solution.
Part of the solution is in breaking rules.
Traidcraft began by challenging the orthodoxy that you couldn’t be competitive if you paid a proper wage to farmers and artisans. We broke that rule.
The rules we need to break today are different; today’s rule says that we can consume voraciously and stupidly.
We reject and object to the mindless feeding frenzy that is Black Friday. That day we will be closing our warehouse and addressing our carbon footprint by gardening at our HQ and addressing social injustice by running a refreshment station at Newcastle Cathedral.
Part of the solution… is being part of the solution.
It always takes a few people to start the process rolling. We may fail, but Traidcraft is serious about being a 1.5c company.
The article above is reproduced from the most recent (Nov 2019) Traidcraft update and the views expressed are those of Traidcraft specifically.
For the first time UK coffee drinkers will be able to enjoy Fairtrade coffee from the Indonesian island of Java, launched exclusively at Waitrose.
This now means that all of the own-brand coffee sold in Waitrose is 100% Fairtrade.
This news comes as the market price for coffee remains below the Fairtrade Minimum Price, and this new deal will ensure around 150 coffee farmers in the region receive this safety net covering the cost of their coffee production and can develop their farms, and communities with the Fairtrade Premium.
Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity after oil. The global coffee business is worth over US$200 billion a year.
Fairtrade supporters, Festiva, are celebrating their 35th anniversary in January and, as a build-up to that they are holding their traditional Christmas Concert at St James. There’s limited seating and so early booking to 263930 is strongly recommended.
“If we are to protect nature, we have to change the way we farm our land and produce our food.”
By Marika McAlevey, Communicator, Fairtrade Sweden
Earth’s species are dying out faster than ever before, according to a new UN report. It’s clearly a global crisis – but it also directly affects us in our own local environment. We have to find a way to halt this catastrophic crisis in nature, and sustainable agriculture could provide the answer.
The report warns of a so-called “sixth mass extinction” of plant and animal life, with up to one million species disappearing in the coming decades. Human activity has degraded three-quarters of the world’s land surface and two-thirds of marine environments. According to WWF, wildlife has already declined by as much as 60 percent since 1970. If we don’t act fast, it’s not just nature under threat – human survival is also at stake.
NATURE’S PROBLEM IS OUR PROBLEM
Without thriving biodiversity, we will have no clean water, food on the table or access to medicines and energy. The crisis of nature is also an economic, security and social crisis, which is particularly acute for the quarter of the global population who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Farmers and farm workers are already suffering from degraded soil, desertification, salt water pollution, soil erosion and excessive use of toxic pesticides.
If we are to protect nature, we have to change the way we farm our land and produce our food. Vast areas of monoculture crops which ruthlessly eliminate all other biodiversity are unnatural and risk destroying local ecosystems, leading to the extinction of both animal and plant species. Reintroducing crop diversity and sustainable farming methods will have positive long-term impacts. For example, planting trees to act as shade over sun-sensitive crops saves water as well as helping local ecosystems to flourish. Rejecting the use of toxic pesticides while embracing organic farming, together with innovative techniques for producing more food from smaller plots, can all help slow the loss of nature.
Fairtrade’s environmental standards, for example, prohibit cutting down protected forests in order to plant more crops – a major problem in much of West Africa where cocoa production is a well-known driver of deforestation. If cocoa farmers were able to earn a decent income by producing more from their existing plots, they would have less incentive to destroy irreplaceable woodland.
SMALL STEPS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
It depressingly self-evident that we humans can destroy entire ecosystems with our major industries, our over-consumption and our unsustainable farming practices. More encouragingly, however, many of us are creating new ecosystems – albeit on a smaller scale – in our own back yards. Simple tricks include growing pollen-rich flowers, building bug hotels or letting the grass grow wild to replace fast-disappearing wild flower meadows. By encouraging a rich biodiversity to thrive in our own gardens, we benefit the wider ecosystem.
Similarly, we need to encourage individual small-scale farmers and growers to adopt more environmentally friendly agriculture. Restoring habitats helps create a more favourable social and economic environment in the long term, and increases the chances of a stable, sustainable income for farmers and their families. It also reduces growers’ vulnerability to extreme weather and climate shocks. Using fewer chemicals has both human and environmental benefits, whilst planting more trees helps absorb carbon dioxide and reduces the huge impact of agriculture on the climate.
But changing the farming habits of a lifetime can be daunting and may involve short-term costs. Consumers, businesses and governments all have a part to play in encouraging farmers by showing there is a significant demand for sustainably produced food.
WHERE DOES FAIRTRADE FIT IN?
Fairtrade mainly certifies small-scale farmers who sign up to rigorous standards, which include environmental criteria such as banning the use of harmful pesticides. Fairtrade also organises training for farmers so they can learn how to grow in harmony with the local environment and avoid creating monocultures. Many producers also invest their Fairtrade Premium – the extra money they get for selling on Fairtrade terms – in various projects aimed at restoring natural areas or reforestation. Fairtrade is a choice for nature, and a way of farming that safeguards both humans and the environment.
Fairtrade International, representing the world’s most recognized ethical label, has joined the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) as a Non-Profit Contributing Partner in March 2019.
The partnership will allow the two organizations to learn from each other, improve their existing operating models, and reach more children and their families in cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to achieve a shared goal of eliminating child labour and enabling child protection.
“Ending child labour and enabling child protection is an urgent human rights issue, which Fairtrade International has been working on since 2010,” said Dario Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International. “In addition to tackling a root cause of child labour by raising cocoa farmers’ incomes, we at Fairtrade look forward to this new step in the partnership with ICI, an organisation that provides expertise and brings multiple stakeholders together to collectively scale up good practices.”
“We must continue to address child labour through a protection framework on multiple fronts,” said Dr. Nyagoy Nyong’o, Executive Director of the producer network Fairtrade Africa. “This means everything from ensuring a fair price for cocoa so that families can earn a decent living, to providing safe educational opportunities for children, to building awareness on children’s rights, including their right to protection. Working together, we will go further.”
65 suitcases full! That’s how many bananas I could get through in 25 years. How about you?
Try the Fairtrade Calculator to find out what a quarter-century of tea, coffee, wine or bananas means for you. And what it means for farmers when we go Fairtrade. https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/47894/data/1?ea.tracking.id=MSE&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=++&utm_content=SC:+Fairtrade+Calculator+A1&ea.url.id=4141630&forwarded=true
Once you’re done, remember to ask your friends and family to try it out too. Let’s celebrate 25 of the FAIRTRADE Mark changing lives.
But the Fairtrade Calculator isn’t just about the last 25 years. It’s about the next 25 years.
Millions of farmers and workers across the planet are still getting a scandalously unfair deal, and the climate crisis – already hitting farmers hard – is making the future even more uncertain.
Tackling low prices and devastating climate change won’t be easy. But the Fairtrade Calculator shows us something important – the little choices we make every day add up to a big difference.
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