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Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Lincoln

Published: 25/02/2016
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Help to celebrate the use of Fairtrade products in Lincoln during the upcoming Fairtrade Fortnight, in coordination with the Fairtrade Foundation.

Fairtrade Fortnight (February 29 – March 13) will seek to spread awareness of the plight of farmers and other workers who put food on our plates every day. Fairtrade products are those which come from farms or other workplaces where the staff are treated fairly, paid a good wage and work in good conditions.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

This year’s theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is food security. It is a sad irony that many of the farmers and workers who feed the world are themselves going hungry. By supporting Fairtrade, you can ensure that these farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families, all year round.

As part of the fortnight, the City of Lincoln Council and other organisations in Lincoln (such as the University of Lincoln) will be involved in promoting the benefits of Fairtrade products.  

Next Tuesday (March 1), the University of Lincoln will be hosting a variety of activities to celebrate Fairtrade produce. These include: selfies with the Fairtrade banana, games, breakfast pancakes with delicious Fairtrade fillings, Fairtrade wine-tasting, and also a Fairtrade quiz. This will be taking place between 10am and 2pm in the Atrium in the Minerva building at the university.

And at the council, the Neighbourhood Working Team will set up a stall during the fortnight to raise further awareness of Fairtrade products. Moreover, a promotional display for the fortnight will be available in City Hall’s reception. Promotional posters will also be displayed in community centres in Bracebridge, Sudbrooke Drive, and the Grandstand. 

It is hoped that these measures will contribute towards re-affirming Lincoln’s status as a Fairtrade City.

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