Promote fair trade

AS World Trade talks continue, Oxfam is encouraging people to write to their MP (either Jonathan Djanogly or Shailesh Vara in Hunts) and others too, such as the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Ala

AS World Trade talks continue, Oxfam is encouraging people to write to their MP (either Jonathan Djanogly or Shailesh Vara in Hunts) and others too, such as the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alan Johnson, at the DTI, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H OET, to ask them to promote fair trade rather than free trade.

So poor countries can promote their own industries and agriculture rather than having to take cheap imports from abroad, still too often subsidised by the taxpayer here, destroying their own industries and agriculture.

It's good news that some police forces are using bio-fuels in their cars, made from UK-grown crops, but some economists feel that, if a decision were made to use bio-fuels more widely, they would then be made more cheaply abroad, on land today that tropical forests are growing on. So fair trade could be good for us too, for British agriculture and the environment.

BRIAN SMITH, Elm Close, Huntingdon

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