Events brewing for Fairtrade

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Tuesday, 16th February 2010, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2010, 9:09 am

For those who have stared into the black stuff and wondered whether it's a result of exploitative or unethical labour, Fairtrade Fortnight will help address them.

As Kirklees's only official Fairtrade Constituency, a whole host of events is planned in Batley and Spen to promote the ethically sound products over the next two weeks.

The idea behind Fairtrade products is that they have been fairly sourced from farmers who pay their workers a fair wage – as well as providing them with fair conditions – and receive a fair price for their goods.

Christina Walker, chairman of the Batley and Spen Fairtrade steering group, has been interested in the movement for nearly 12 years.

"It's a sobering thought that millions have to feed their families on less than we pay for a magazine.

"We can help to prevent such a tragic loss of life simply by being more aware of the products we buy when we shop."

Events are planned for the next two weeks organised by the council, church and community groups as well as schools and independent businesses.

MP Mike Wood has backed the latest promotion and is planning his own coffee morning in Cleckheaton.

He said: "Batley and Spen was the UK's first Fairtrade Constituency and I'm very much looking forward to Fairtrade Fortnight. Every year the fortnight provides local organisations the opportunity to showcase what Fairtrade is all about and we always see some excellent events and a great deal of support."

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 22–March 7. For more information on upcoming fairtrade events, visit http://www.mikewood.org.uk/fairtrade.