Staff of the United Reformed Church went bananas as part of a world record attempt in support of Fair Trade recently. They joined Fairtrade Foundation supporter groups all over the world in a 24-hour initiative.
URC general secretary, Rev Roberta Rominger, was among those who consumed 50 bananas in an hour between them in order to highlight the plight of growers.
Through its Commitment for Life programme, the URC has actively supported the Fairtrade movement. Linda Mead, Commitment for Life programme co-ordinator explained: “Most profit is now made at the top of the supply chain by increasingly powerful supermarkets who squeeze farmers and plantation workers."
"Fairtrade challenges these injustices, strengthens the position of marginalised farmers and workers and enables them to earn enough today, to invest in a better tomorrow,” she continued.
The Fairtrade Foundation aims to double the number of fairly traded bananas bought in the UK by 2012. They believe this would directly benefit producer communities and send a strong message to the government, retailers and companies about how trade should work.
The fairly traded bananas eaten at Church House were supplied free by Waitrose. For more details about Fairtrade see the Fairtrade Foundation website: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/