Giving out bananas on the streets of London, in a fair trade banana suit, would have to be one of the most outrageous things I’ve done in my quest to inspire people to eat ethically…but hey you have to be in it to win it. – Melodie
trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.“fair trade coffee”
We share many commonalities with people, even people that we have never met or will never meet. The rule goes that there are only 7 degree’s of separation between any 2 people. That’s crazy right! Believe me it all sounds like a far fetched statement but lets think about it…. Answer me one simple question. What did you eat for Breakfast?
My Breakfast; eaten at my kitchen table in Sydney, Australia
Blue berries: Southern NSW (Dec-April)
Banana: North Queensland, Australia
Coconut sugar: Indonesia
Brazil nuts: Brazil
Cinnamon: Sri Lanka (imported)
Cup of tea: Sri Lanka (imported)
As Martin Luther King so eloquently puts it, “Before you finish eating breakfast this morning you’ve depended on more than half the world”. And it’s true! I made this recipe for the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign (Feb 29th – Mar13th) and as you can see the core ingredients are imported from developing countries. The campaign is run annually and it encourages everyone who loves food (guilty!) to get involved by hosting a BIG FAIRTRADE BREAKFAST using the four common ingredients that are celebrated each year; coffee, tea, cocoa and bananas.
On a recent trip to Sri Lanka I was well placed to visit one of the many tea plantations that fall under fair trade agreements, an opportunity I wouldn’t have missed! My brother and I were introduced to Ms. Karunawathi on arriving at her home farm in Gampola and were instantly embraced, learning closely about the diverse and lush landscapes of Sri Lanka. Luckier still we meet with the president of The Small Organic Farmers Association (SOFA) Mr. Bernard Ranaweera. He is one busy man with over 2500 farming families to support, it was a true honor to meet someone who so vigorously dedicates his life to the pursuit of equality and prosperity for farmers and their families. He, and his team, made it clear to me that the future of food is made up of lots and lots of very small changes, made consistently with care and dedication. Not a small feet but an example I am so glad to have been exposed to. – Georgia
SIT DOWN FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN! The next time you sit down for breakfast , lunch, dinner, brunch, midnight snack…whatever!… ask yourself if what your eating adds as much value to your lives as it does to the people who produced it. Food is tasty, its nutritious and it sustains you. We recon that is worth a few extra cents or pence at the store.
Your 3-step guide to supporting Fairtrade:
Where does this piece of fruit, cut of meat or packaged item come from? I wonder who made it? Is it an imported item and if so…
…does it have a fair trade label? Maybe an organic, bio-dynamic or union approved label? If it doesn’t take a step back and see if there is another option on the shelf and if so…
…choose the product that adds more value to farmers. Choose the product that is clearly labeled and approved. You’ve just put you money where your mouth is. Well done you!
Thank you all for your support! We have been bursting with excitement throughout the campaign fortnight – it’s our absolute pleasure to be creating content that truly energises the ethical debate amongst foodies and we really, truly, want to hear what you have to say. So reach out to us on instagram, twitter, facebook and here on our site.
Hugs and Nonsense
Melodie & Georgia