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Fairtrade Fortnight 2008, an event to celebrate all things fairtrade, officially got underway in London this week and will continue until March 9th. Learn more about the fairtrade movement and the events taking place in your neighborhood over the next few weeks by visiting the Fairtrade Foundation's website.

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Comment by Keith McGuinness on February 27, 2008 at 9:11am
I attended the launch on Sunday. It was well organised but two things dissapointed me. Firstly, there can only have been 20 stalls and secondly, it was all big companies. I would like to have seen more independent operators. I hope they weren't priced out of the event...
Comment by Thomas Bertrand on February 27, 2008 at 9:21am
Interesting observation, I wonder why that is and hope that it isn't as you feared that they were priced out of the event. I guess its a tight rope to walk, on the one side, you want big companies getting more involved in sourcing fair trade goods but at the same time you don't want the independent operators to get pushed out. More complexity as usual!
Comment by Keith McGuinness on February 27, 2008 at 9:31am
What's really disappointing is about half of the exhibitors were companies like Tesco, Co-op, Planters, Nescafe i.e. companies that are just hopping on the marketing bandwagon.
Similar to a point I made about my blog post entitled 'Fair trade branded unfair'.
Comment by Thomas Bertrand on February 27, 2008 at 9:53am
Oops, I put my last comment on your other blog post. But also, I think the fact that Sainsbury's sells 1,000 Fairtrade bananas a minute must make some positive impact. It's also a pretty cool cocktail party statistic :)
Comment by Henk Campher on March 12, 2008 at 3:32pm
I won't say it again (oh yes I will). But fairtrade should not be prayed to as some god that is delivering us from the evil empire. No it is far from perfect. Better? Yes. But not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The work has only started.
Comment by Dan Johnson on March 12, 2008 at 6:38pm
You guys might to want to read this post on DC.


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