Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2014 on 12:37 pm

Banana-dressed Bradford students call for an end to unfair trade

Bradford College Bananas

Students at Bradford College have been busy raising awareness about decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries.

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place from 24 February to 9 March, students have been breaking out into spontaneous dance routines during lunchtime dressed as bananas.

It comes as an effort to transform the banana industry, making sure that every banana farmer and worker earns enough to have a decent standard of living, works in conditions that are safe and has rights and benefits.

According to the Fairtrade Foundation, bananas are sold so cheaply in the UK that many of the farmers and workers who grow them are being trapped in a cycle of poverty.

The Foundation is now calling people to sign a petition calling on Vince Cable to investigate unfair supermarket pricing practices, which Bradford students are also promoting throughout the two-week period.

Piers Telemacque, President at the Students’ Union, said: “We hope our efforts will pay off by Bradford College becoming a Fairtrade institution, where we will be able to massively educate students and staff about the benefit of Fairtrade for farmers across the world.

“Hopefully by doing our bit at College we can influence the spending habits of people at home.”

Students are also putting on their own fairtrade stalls and cycling on the fruit smoothie bike.

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