A petition launched by the Fairtrade Foundation asking supermarkets to pay a fair price to banana farmers has reached 70,000 signatures and has been handed to business secretary Vince Cable.
The petition was launched during this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, which focused on bananas, Britain’s favourite fruit.
The foundation reveled that whilst the production cost of bananas has risen for farmers, their price on British supermarkets’ shelves has almost halved over the past decade.
This has put enormous pressure on farmers in the developing world, especially those outside of the fairtrade system, who struggle to make a living.
More than 70,000 have signed a petition asking the government to investigate pricing policy in the retail sector. Currently, only a few retailers, such as the Co-operative, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, have agreed to sell only fairtrade bananas.
Michael Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, said, “During Fairtrade Fortnight we exposed the real impact British supermarket price wars are having on banana farmers and workers and their families.
“Today, 70,000 people have supported us in saying this must stop. The poorest people are bearing the cost of our cheap bananas and as a result, a product that is worth billions of pounds in global trade relies on poverty-level income for the people who grow it.
“Today we are asking Vince Cable to coordinate across UK Government departments to investigate retailer pricing and evaluate its impact on the long-term interests of banana producers and UK consumers”.
Photo: Andrew Skudder via flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Can You Use Your PC In an Eco-Friendly Manner?
How Pain Management Hurts the Environment, and What You Can Do to Help
4 Countries That Have Banned Single-Use Plastic
What Is Your Carbon Footprint and How Can You Reduce it?
How Business Leaders Can Positively Impact Water Scarcity
Plant-Based Protein Coffee is Eco-Friendly & Healthy
Eco-Friendly Restaurants That Are Bringing the Outside Inside
5 Environmental Benefits of Custom Manufacturing
How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Office
Benefits of Starting an Eco-Friendly eCommerce Business
Brian Sheth and Sheth Sangreal Foundation Donate $15 Million to Global Wildlife Conservation
Eco-Friendly Gardeners Can Make Compost from Organic Waste
8 Great Tips to Find an Eco-Conscious Moving Company
Can Employers Help the Planet with Work from Home Policies?
Creating a Green Basement Environment for a Healthier Home
Switching to an Electric Car to Help the Environment? Here’s How to Find the Cheapest Insurance
More People Are Practicing Eco-Conscious Lawn-Care
Choosing the Best Air Filter as Pollution Levels Worsen
9 Tips to Write Stellar Papers as an Environmental Science Major
Why You Need to Know These Hard Facts About Ethical Investing
- Energy3 months ago
How To Choose the Right Solar Inverter for Your Home?
- Energy3 months ago
How to Choose the Best Solar Panel for Your Home
- Environment10 months ago
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
- Environment3 months ago
Reduce Industry Footprints with Sustainable Material Swaps