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Fairtrade at the Rose Garden

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Local MP Meg Munn recently visited the Rose Garden cafe in Graves Park during Fairtrade Fortnight (25th February - 10th March). Whilst there she had a Fairtrade coffee with her stew and dumplings, was made with Sheffield’s own spicy sauce ‘Henderson’s Relish’.

Despite producing 70% of the world’s food, over half of the hungriest people are smallholder farmers.  Many are unable to earn a living from the crops they grow.  Smallholder tea growers often receive less than 3% of the retail value of tea, and sometimes as little as just 1%.  Fairtrade Fortnight aims to raise the plight of these farmers and workers. Buying Fairtrade products help secure fairer wages, safer working conditions and funding for projects that benefit the community.

Meg said:

“I enjoyed my visit to the Rose Garden cafe and it’s great to know they offer Fairtrade drinks all year round.  It’s important to support fairer trading as many farmers simply cannot earn enough from the sale of their crops to cover costs, let alone support their families.

Businesses like the Co-operative have been selling Fairtrade goods for many years, and as a Co-operative member, I have long been a supporter of the Fairtrade movement.  There are now many local shops and cafes in Sheffield that offer Fairtrade goods, and I hope that more will consider offering these products for their customers.” 

The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.24 million people - farmers and workers - across more than 66 developing countries.  In the UK, sales of Fairtrade products in 2011 reached 1.32 billion, a 12% increase on the previous year. 

For more information visit:  http://step.fairtrade.org.uk/

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Meg with Rose Garden cafe manager Craig White

Meg with Rose Garden cafe manager Craig White

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