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Fabulous Fair Trade Facts and Fictions


Here are some fun facts about fair trade that you may not know about.


Did You Know ... ? Madegascar produces 80% of the World's vanilla.  There are currently 12 Fairtrade certified vanilla farming organisations in Madegascar representing over 12,000 Fairtrade farmers who work hard to improve their livelihoods and invest in their communities - particularly focusing on reducing child labour.  Their achievements have been so successful that other organisations in Madegascar look to the vanilla farmers for guidance.  The Fairtrade premium paid to the Madegascar vanilla farmers has been used to provide day care centres, teachers and a sewing project for girls aged 14-17.
Source: Fairtrade Foundation
23 Aug 17

Friday Fact : 14 April 2017
From next month all of the cocoa that Co-op buys for its own-brand products will be Fairtrade!

Friday Fact : 31 March 2017
Oxfam UK started the first Fair Trade Organisation in 1964.

Friday Fact : 24 March 2017
Did You Know ...?  Sainsbury's is the World's largest retailer of Fair Trade products.

Friday Fact : 17 March 2017
The UK’s first Fairtrade labelled product was Green & Black’s Maya Gold Dark Chocolate introduced in 1994.

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 12 March 2017
In 15th Century France, chocolate could only be eaten by members of the Royal Court.

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 11 March 2017
Did You Know ... ? If you placed 16 billion jelly beans end-to-end they would circle the Earth three times!

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 10 March 2017
Cucumber is one of the World's most hydrating foods. 96% water it also contains electrolytes, calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sodium which help your body to naturally restore lost hydration - the best hangover cure ever!

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 9 March 2017
The expiration date on a bottle of natural water (not flavoured or sugared) applies to the bottle and not the water. Water doesn't contain proteins or sugars so it won't go off. However, if bottled or tap water is exposed to the open air, it's chemical composition will change as it absorbs carbon dioxide.

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 8 March 2017
Honey is the only food with an eternal shelf life. It won't go off and can last up to 3000 years!

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 7 March 2017
Nutmeg is hallucinogenic! Be sparing when sprinkling it over your favourite snacks!

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 6 March 2017
There are over 40,000 varieties of rice.
Did You Know ... ? 9th August is National Rice Pudding Day!​​​​​​​

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact :
5 March 2017

Pretzels were invented by an Italian monk who used them to encourage children to memorize scriptures. The shape is said to represent the folded arms of children in prayer.​​​​​​​

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact :
4 March 2017

Apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, raspberries, strawberries and peaches are all members of the rose family.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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3 March 2017

The teabag was invented in 1903 in America. Tea merchants would fill hand sewn fabric bags with a small amount of tea for potential clients to use as samplers.

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact :
2 March 2017

Chocolate was once used as currency. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs used the cocoa bean as a unit of currency.​​​​​​​

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact :
1 March 2017

Peanuts are one of the main ingredients for making dynamite! Their oil is used for making glycerol. Glycerol is the main ingredient in nitroglycerin which is the main ingredient in dynamite!

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact :
28 February 2017

A cluster of bananas is called a "hand". A single banana is called a "finger".

Fairtrade Fortnight Fun Food Fact : 27 February 2017
Sugar is the only taste humans crave from birth.

Friday Fact : 24 February 2017
Another common question that we are asked is "I know what Fairtrade is and what the Fairtrade Mark represents, but what does the actual picture on the Fairtrade Mark mean?" ...
The Fairtrade Mark symbol represents the World. It is made up of a blue sky, symbolising optimism, and a green earth, which symbolises growth. The two are joined by a person with a raised arm - this symbolises empowerment and represents all the farmers and workers involved in fairtrade.
The Fairtrade Mark was created and introduced by Dutchman, Max Havelaar in 1988. Originally it was in black and white. Various organisations adopted their own versions but the distinctive blue and green "International Fairtrade Mark" - the one we know and recognise today - was launched in 2002.

Friday Fact : 17 February 2017
We are often asked what the difference is between "Fair Trade" and "Fairtrade" ...
"Fair Trade" is the term used to describe the purpose of Fair Trade and generally means "moving towards fairer trading conditions".
"Fairtrade" refers to the label used to identify products with the "Fairtrade Mark" which, in turn, only applies to produce (ie food and drink items and cotton).
The "Fairtrade Mark" and the word "Fairtrade" are both registered trademarks.

Friday Fact : 10 February 2017
Chichester Cathedral was the World’s first public building to display Fair Trade certified Gold. In October 2011, a 3ft cockerel was gilded in Fair Trade Gold and placed on the top of its 270ft high Spire.

Friday Fact : 3 February 2017
"Fair Trade" and "Fair Mined" Certified Gold is currently mined in Columbia, Peru and Bolivia.

Friday Fact : 27 January 2017
Did You Know ... ?
Following on from the first crafts to be fairly traded between Puerto Rico and the USA in 1946 - the first formal "Fair Trade" shop opened in the USA in 1958.

Friday Fact : 20 January 2017
Did You Know ... ?
The first bananas bearing the Fair Trade Mark went on sale in the UK in the year 2000.

Friday Fact : 13 January 2017
Did You Know ... ?
25% of all coffee purchased in the UK is Fair Trade coffee.
(according to latest available figures from 2014)

Friday Fact : 6 January 2017
Did You Know ... ?
Fair trade first started back in 1946 when the USA's then fair trade organisation, Self Help Crafts (now known as Ten Thousand Villages), began to buy needlework from artisans in Puerto Rico.