Col­lege marks 21 years of Fair­trade

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

GUESTS en­joyed a slap-up meal at Mac­cles­field Col­lege to cel­e­brate the 21st an­niver­sary of the Fair­trade Mark.

The mark on prod­ucts guar­an­tees farm­ers in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries get a bet­ter deal for what they pro­duce.

Fifty vis­i­tors in­clud­ing the Mayor of Mac­cles­field, Coun Liz Durham, at­tended the event at the col­lege’s Silk Room Restau­rant.

The meal, de­signed by stu­dents to max­imise the use of fairly traded in­gre­di­ents, in­cor­po­rated 26 dif­fer­ent prod­ucts.

Over Fair­trade cof­fee, guests learned how the £23m Fair­trade premium paid to farm­ers from an­nual UK sales pro­vides them with bet­ter equip­ment and elec­tric­ity, mak­ing them more com­pet­i­tive.

But they also learned fairly traded com­modi­ties ac­count for just one or two per cent of the UK gro­cery mar­ket, some­thing the Mac­cles­field Fair­trade Town Group aims to change.

Natalie Ab­bott, group chair­woman, thanked staff and stu­dents for an ‘ex­cel­lent meal’ and said Fair­trade em­pow­ered 1.5m work­ers to trade their way out of poverty.

She added: “We en­cour­age Max­o­ni­ans to con­tinue to sup­port Fair­trade by choos­ing prod­ucts with the Fair­trade Mark.”

●● Mayor of Mac­cles­field Coun Liz Durham and her con­sort, sec­ond right, with Natalie Ab­bott, front right, and the Mac­cles­field Col­lege stu­dents

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