Waltham Forest Fairtrade Campaign Group urges residents to speak up over 'impact of banana price wars'

WFFTCG members Sara Qureshi, Rebecca Haslam, Kevin Waters and Mayisha Begum with London Assembly member for Waltham Forest, Hackney and Islington Jennette Arnold.

WFFTCG members Sara Qureshi, Rebecca Haslam, Kevin Waters and Mayisha Begum with London Assembly member for Waltham Forest, Hackney and Islington Jennette Arnold.

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Campaigners have spoken out against what they say are unfair banana prices.

Members of the Waltham Forest Fairtrade Campaign Group (WFFTCG), dressed in banana and gorilla suits, handed out Fairtrade bananas and raised awareness about what they say is the impact of supermarket price wars over bananas.

They claim only one in three bananas sold in the UK are fair trade and are pushing for all bananas to be sold under the fair trade premium - a sustainable price which must never be lower than market price.

Rebecca Haslam, WFFTCG secretary, said: “Farmers and workers who grow bananas in countries like Colombia are being trapped in poverty.

“We are asking people to sign a petition asking Vince Cable to urgently step in and investigate the impact of retailer pricing practices.”

As part of the Make Bananas Fair campaign the group will be in Walthamstow Town Square on Saturday from 11am until 1pm.

Sign the petition here.

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3:26pm Fri 7 Mar 14

myopinioncounts says...

People must be given the choice to buy Free Trade foods NOT forced to by shops only stocking one kind.
People must be given the choice to buy Free Trade foods NOT forced to by shops only stocking one kind. myopinioncounts
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1:48pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Techno3 says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
People must be given the choice to buy Free Trade foods NOT forced to by shops only stocking one kind.
No-one is forced to buy the 'Fair Trade' brand products at present. This suggestion, which would force people to only purchase from one set of producers would not be fair trade. It would be a monopolistic cartel, which is the very opposite of fair trade.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: People must be given the choice to buy Free Trade foods NOT forced to by shops only stocking one kind.[/p][/quote]No-one is forced to buy the 'Fair Trade' brand products at present. This suggestion, which would force people to only purchase from one set of producers would not be fair trade. It would be a monopolistic cartel, which is the very opposite of fair trade. Techno3
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Techno3 says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
People must be given the choice to buy Free Trade foods NOT forced to by shops only stocking one kind.
No-one is forced to buy the 'Fair Trade' brand products at present. This suggestion, which would force people to only purchase from one set of producers would not be fair trade. It would be a monopolistic cartel, which is the very opposite of fair trade.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: People must be given the choice to buy Free Trade foods NOT forced to by shops only stocking one kind.[/p][/quote]No-one is forced to buy the 'Fair Trade' brand products at present. This suggestion, which would force people to only purchase from one set of producers would not be fair trade. It would be a monopolistic cartel, which is the very opposite of fair trade. Techno3
  • Score: 0

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