Fair Trade town

CONGRATULATIONS to the district council for adopting a Fair Trade policy for provision of refreshments at council meetings. With the council already setting a good example in areas such as recycling, it is to councillors credit that they have adopted a m

CONGRATULATIONS to the district council for adopting a Fair Trade policy for provision of refreshments at council meetings.

With the council already setting a good example in areas such as recycling, it is to councillors' credit that they have adopted a measure that affects the sustainability and welfare of other communities internationally.

I am part of a group that has been recently formed to seek 'Fair Trade Town' status for Huntingdon.

As well as helping farmers and other producers get a fair price for their goods, Fair Trade Town status has local spin-offs in terms of enhanced retail profiles and tourist potential.


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Fortunately, we are not starting from scratch: several local supermarkets sell a range of Fair Trade produce, coffee shops such as Kendals sell Fair Trade products, businesses such as Luminus use Fair Trade refreshments for their meetings, and a number of local churches are introducing Fair Trade policies.

With the addition of a range of retailers, restaurants, small businesses, schools and, crucially, the town council, we hope that it will be possible to secure Fair Trade Town status during 2008.

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The district council has set a great example that hopefully others will follow shortly.

For further details please see: www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved_fairtrade_towns.htm

GRAHAM HALDANE, Huntingdonshire Community Church, High Street, Huntingdon

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