The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, raised a glass in support of Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 when he visited the 11th Cock and Bull Beer Festival on Saturday.
The popular event once again featured Fairtrade wines, juices and snacks for sale alongside all the ales and ciders at the festival, courtesy of the Stony Stratford Fairtrade Group.
The Mayor, who was accompanied by mayoress, Mrs Leena Lindholm-White, told visitors he was a long time supporter of Fairtrade and glad to see Fairtrade goods on offer at the beer festival.
He said it was important to think about people from other countries who produce goods for the UK market and urged everyone to look out for the Fairtrade label when they go shopping.
This year Fairtrade Fortnight is asking the public to ‘Stick with Foncho and end unfair bananas’. Foncho is a banana farmer in Colombia and most of his bananas are sold as Fairtrade, guaranteeing him a fair, stable price that covers his costs, whatever the customers pay. However, in the past ten years the price of loose bananas in supermarkets has almost halved while the costs of producing them has doubled. As a result, many banana farmers who do not benefit from Fairtrade are trapped in poverty. Fairtrade supporters want all producers to receive a fair return for growing our favourite fruit.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.stickwithfoncho.org.uk