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Mike Gapes MP calls on local shoppers and businesses to buy Fairtrade

This Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd February - 8th March), Mike Gapes MP is calling on the local community in Ilford South to choose a shopping list that changes lives.

Fairtrade products have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.

Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight to see how Fairtrade is changing lives in those areas and to get involved in your area.

Mike Gapes MP said:“Tackling poverty isn’t just about giving aid and Government assistance, it is about increasing trade opportunities and ensuring that producers are paid a fair price for their work. Fairtrade Fortnight reminds us all that by making a few small changes to our shopping habits we can make a real difference to producers in the developing world. I hope that people in Ilford will choose to play their part and opt for fair trade products whenever they can”

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[Above: Mike Gapes MP visiting local market stalls in Ilford High Road]

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