Archive for July, 2016

New Fair Trade book available

An exciting new book has been published by York Fair Trade Forum.  Edited by experienced educationalists, it is suitable for use in the classroom or by youth groups.

Every school, youth group or Fair Trade group should have a copy (or several).Fair's Fair

We all depend on people and countries from far and near for the things we use and eat every day.

What we buy affects the lives of the people who grow, produce and make what we buy.

So, many of us buy Fairly Traded, or ‘Fairtrade’ goods, which give those who produce them a fair price and better working conditions.

There is a long history, in many different countries of people who have helped to improve the lives of producers by selling only goods which had been freely produced.

Read about just 10 of these courageous and visionary ‘champions’ in this book.

Buy 1-10 copies    £4 each plus postage

Buy 11-20 copies   £3.75 each plus postage

Buy 21 -24 copies    £3.50 each plus postage

Buy over 25 copies    £3.50 free postage

Orders from:

helen at

By post: Book sales

c/o Fairer World, 84 Gillygate York YO317EQ

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Britain: Coming together?

Thoughts on post referendum Britain from Mark Dawson, Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire and Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Mark Dawson, Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire:

Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union we are being asked to rally together as a nation.  For those of us who support Fair Trade this means we must come together on an agenda of fairness and justice.

Ironically, at this time when we are being asked to affirm ‘British values’, the country is more divided than at any time in living memory.

There are dangers with coming together on agendas which do not promote justice.  Certainly some of the visions of Britain outlined in the national newspapers have little to do with justice.  Their vision of Britain is bordering on the pathetic, seeing our country only as a fearful, inward looking, hysterical place.

One agenda that we can all come together on is to back employment rights.  Those rights which were ensured by the European Union, can be agreed upon and advanced by all our political leaders.

Employment rights, such as the minimum wage, maternity rights, sick pay, holiday pay, rights for those on temporary contracts and the right to have access to an industrial tribunal, should be placed at the heart of the agenda for Britain; with the Westminster Parliament guaranteeing these hard fought benefits.

A Britain which cares for its own workers, which improves the conditions in which they work, is one from which we can seek to improve the working and living conditions of all people who produce the goods that we enjoy, wherever in the world they may be.

Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation:

The result of the European Union referendum won’t just affect the UK.

It will have a huge impact on the lives of the farmers and workers in developing countries who grow our food, too.

How that plays out – positive or negative – is in part down to all of us.

Put simply, as the UK begins to reshape its relationship with the EU, it will need to renegotiate how it trades with other countries, both in Europe and the rest of the world.

That could put farmers and workers in a vulnerable position.

Too often in the past, trade has been structured and regulated in a way that has given too much to those with power and wealth and too little to those who are powerless and poor.

Your support is needed now more than ever.

Fairtrade has shown that trade and business can be incredible forces for good, if the benefits are shared fairly. That way, everyone involved has the chance to earn a decent living, and protect their health, rights and the environment.

Over the coming months, and even years, we will need to work hard to ensure our politicians keep in mind the interests of poor farmers and workers as much as our own.

Together we will need to support them to get a fairer deal, so that they can send their children to school and invest in their futures, build strong communities and withstand the ravages of climate change.

I know that all of us who believe in a fair and just world can come together and fight harder than ever for exactly that.

As always, thank you for your support.

Michael Gidney

Chief Executive, Fairtrade Foundation

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Money for your honey

‘Money for your Honey‘ and ‘Mexican Hexigan’ were a few phrases coined in Leeds DEC’s new ‘Amazing Mexico’ workshop delivered at Calverley Parkside Primary School. The workshop enables children to learn more about Mexico and how Fairtrade can benefit disadvantaged bee keepers.IMG_5070

“Lots of great resources and activities…all the children were engaged” Year 1 teacher at Calverley Parkside

“Well planned and thought out” Year 2 teacher

“I don’t like my bee badge… I LOVE it!” Year 1 pupil

Contact to book your own buzzing session!

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News


York campaigners experienced a day of park life at the annual West Bank Park festival in the city’s Holgate district on Sunday 26th June.IMG_2017 Fair Trade leaflets were given out to hundreds of passersby, including a map indicating where Fair Trade products could be enjoyed in York.  Fair Trade goods were for sale courtesy of the ‘All’s Fair’ shop from Selby.

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News