Why does Fairtrade mean sustainable trade?
Fair Trade will build a sustainable future for all of us, and it is something that we can adopt for the Future Generations in Wales, so that we can improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of our Ministry Area. By increasing the standards of living for farmers and all the other people that work in food production, we can reduce the risks and vulnerabilities that they face. The Fairtrade Minimum Price provides a safety net for food producers, so that they are less vulnerable to price volatility in the global markets. It provides better cash flow, greater access to credit, and the ability to save money more easily. Food producers need to be able to put money aside for a rainy day, or even a scorching Summer! The unpredictable nature of our weather means that food producers never quite know what their harvest will yield, and they are in our prayers. Food security means economic growth for Wales and the rest of the UK. Better incomes mean more money to buy food, and more money to invest in food production, such as grazing for livestock, sustainable fishing, and growing new crops to make them more resilient to climate change, which effects the weather and the price of food.
On 6th June 2008, Wales became the first Fair Trade Nation in the World! We will make sure that we always use Fairtrade tea and coffee in all our churches. Many shops and all the major supermarkets stock Fairtrade goods now, and they tend to be cheaper than some of the other unethical brands.
Psalms 85:10-13 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.