Friday, 27 February 2009

Gibson supports Fairtrade Fortnight

News release
Immediate release


Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson is urging constituents across the area to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

The Fortnight, which runs from 23rd February to 8th March highlights the importance of giving farmers and producers across the world a fair deal for the goods they trade.

Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight Rob Gibson MSP said:

"Fairtrade products have become more and more popular and we have to keep that momentum up by reminding people about the effect they can have on someone else's quality of life by buying them.

"Fairtrade Fortnight is about increasing awareness and goes a long way to cutting out exploitation in the industry. It ensures that farmers and producers get a decent price and one they are entitled to for the goods they produce.

"People are becoming more and more aware of the impact their shopping habits can have on the poorer countries that are producing these goods. One item in one person's trolley can add up to making a big difference.

"Fairtrade products are becoming more and more available in our local shops and supermarkets and I urge people to check the packaging on products before they buy, also this includes fair trade for our own farmers and crofters who deserve fair prices for their high quality product from supermarkets.

"I hope that this increased awareness will encourage people to buy fairtrade products all year round. It might be a simple thing such as their coffee or their chocolate but it all helps.


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