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    July 14th, 2012WelHat Fairtraderchocolate, Fairtrade general, Welwyn Hatfield

    As part of the Olympic Torch Relay events there was a food festival last Saturday in Welwyn Garden City town centre. Our group had a stall and we sold cakes and chocolate to the hundreds of festival visitors. Our homemade cakes and especially meringues went down a storm. The Rocky Road was also a big hit and quickly sold out! All were of course made with Fairtrade sugar and chocolate.

    Despite the threatening weather it was a really busy, really fun day. We also raised some much needed funds. Below are a few pictures from the day. As ever we would love to hear from anybody who might be interested in supporting our group and attending our meetings which take place about every six weeks.

    A huge thanks to everyone who helped on the day, and those dedicated cooks that supplied our delicious food, at the end of the day we were left with only crumbs, it all went!

    Fairtrade Meringue in Welwyn Garden City

    Who can resist a strawberry and cream meringue?


    Fairtrade stall in Welwyn Garden City

    We were running out of Strawberries!


    Fairtrade food offering in Welwyn Garden City

    Our home made offerings


    What Fairtrade food to buy

    Decisions decisions...


    Fairtrade crafts and food

    A family browse our Fairtrade wares...

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    July 2nd, 2012WelHat Fairtraderchocolate, Fairtrade general, nestle
    Kitkat Nestle

    Perhaps the cocoa in your Kit Kat was harvested by children 'having a break' ...from school.

    Food giant Nestle is back in the news this week, and for the wrong reasons.  The government of Ivory Coast believes that 89% of children in that country are involved in Cocoa farming,  making child labour a huge issue. Nestle buys around 10% of all the worlds cocoa,  so that we can enjoy KitKats and the array of other confectionery they tempt us with. It’s an irony that most people, children or adults, involved in farming cocoa have never tasted chocolate. It’s not processed into something edible where they live, and even if it was they couldn’t afford to buy it.

    The US based Fair Labor Association have worked on a report alongside Nestle which finds there is still much work to be done,  if Nestle is serious about delivering on it’s social responsibility claims. It’s worth noting that Fairtrade is of course not the same as Fair Labour. Fairtrade does require producer companies to treat staff fairly, for example by paying minimum wages as set by the global watchdog the ILO. The Fair Labour Association though is more closely focused on workers rights in factories and and farms. The two organisations together wield a lot of power,  that can be wrought to improve the lot of millions of people around the world. Under the UN convention on the Rights of the Child anyone under eighteen should not be in full time work. Under international law therefore it is illegal for children to work. In practicality of course enforcing that is very difficult, especially if there are no schools for children to attend where they live.

    Below are a couple of articles about the Nestle issue which throw more light on the issue and the actions underway to improve the situation.

    The FLA article and report can be found here.

    A recent BBC report on this story can be found here.

    All this worth pondering next you ‘Have a break…’

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