Last week North Down Borough Council took the decision to support Fair Trade, following a motion proposed by Alliance Councillor Anne Wilson.
With many people in developing countries marginalised and exploited by multi-national companies in their effort to maximise profits, Fair Trade is a beacon of hope for people in the poorest countries of the world.
Fair Trade ensures better social and environmental standards. Fair Trade also cuts out the middle man, allowing producers and workers to enjoy sustainable livelihoods with co-operatives and other wealth sharing mechanisms encouraged.
North Down Council's recent decision is an important step towards Bangor being designated as a Fair Trade Town. With more and more people embracing Fair Trade I look forward to other bodies and organisations endorsing the approach and selling the wide array of products now available which range from coffee to tea, fruit, chocolate and even wine!
18 February 2010