College marks 21 years of Fairtrade
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