BBC forgets to mention Fairtrade

BBC runs long article on coffee prices, however, forgets to mention Fairtrade. The BBC is currently under fire for its recent grossly one sided (and therefore technically illegal) Panorama programme smearing Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Now they have published a long article about the problems of coffee growers forced by low prices into poverty. The article is…

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Fairtrade Quiz

Did you know there’s 80,000 tonnes of Fairtrade chocolate eaten in the UK every year? That’s the same as 6,400 double decker buses. There’s more fun facts like this in the new Fairtrade Quiz. Try it out – there’s always a few surprises in the wonderful world of Fairtrade. Try our QUIZ NOW We’ve put a few tricky ones in…

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Fairtrade: 7 Bits of Fake News

Here’s an important message from the Fairtrade Foundation… It’s time to bust some of those Fairtrade myths! How many times have you been sagely told by someone that Fairtrade doesn’t really help farmers or that it’s a marketing scam? Or heard that all the products are more expensive and anyone can just stick on the Fairtrade Mark? We hear…

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A No Deal Brexit – Coffee Supplies Safe

Even a no deal Brexit should leave coffee supplies safe. A lot of our coffee comes through Antwerp on its journey to the UK. Should you be worrying that we will run out or pay more in the event of a no deal Brexit? We don’t think so. Here’s why… Green coffee (ie before its roasted in our roastery)…

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Good News from Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee and in addition we offer support to an NGO, TReeS which fights to protect the forests and their indigenous people of Peru. The enemy is corruption and gold mining interests whose greed leads to deforestation and ruin for the local people and the planet. The good news is that…

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Poverty among cocoa producers as bad as ever

Poverty among cocoa producers as bad as ever, says shocking report. Even Fairtrade cocoa producers are suffering the effects of the recent crash in cocoa prices that were already too low. A report in Cocoa Barometer offers dismal news for anyone who imagines that the system is moving in the right direction. Faitrade certification at least specifies that a…

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Help environment by buying Fairtrade products

In one of previous blog we discussed the environment: issues like plastic lined coffee cups, paper straws. Now for the big picture: by buying organic coffee you are massively helping the environment in the coffee producing areas and by buying Fairtrade you are enabling small producers to make a living. Given the disastrous forest poisoning and destruction, particularly in…

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Cocoa causing environmental disaster in West Africa

A new report from Mighty Earth Campaign claims that cocoa growers are causing environmental disaster in West Africa. They found National Parks invaded by cocoa growers who are selling their cocoa to big international companies who try to tell us they care about the environment.  Due to forest destruction Ivory Coast is now down to a few hundreds elephants…

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