01 March 2010
Comment is Free
Fairtrade fortnight gives us a chance to celebrate models of trade that provide an alternative to the WTO's flawed solution
Welcome to Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual celebration of the movement that offers farmers in developing countries a guaranteed premium for their products over and above market rates. This year's theme is the Big Swap, where British consumers are invited to switch over their everyday shopping items to fairly traded versions. For your usual bananas, buy Fairtrade bananas. For cotton socks, buy Fairtrade cotton socks - and so on, right across the full range of more than 3,000 products now certified as Fairtrade.
John Hilary is Executive Director of War on Want and writes regularly for The Guardian's Comment is Free blog
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