As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Hackney Council and the Hackney Fairtrade Group are urging residents to eat bananas as part of an attempt to break the world record for the most number of bananas eaten during a 24 hour period.
The Speaker on Hackney Council – Cllr Ian Rathbone is leading Hackney’s efforts from the Town Hall steps at 12 noon today – but you can eat a banana from the comfort of your own home – just make sure you sign up online so your effort is recorded.
This is an annual awareness raising campaign to highlight global trade inequality and promote Fairtrade – which benefits small scale farmers and farm workers and their communities in the developing world. Two billion people live on less than two dollars a day – so it’s more important than ever that people buy Fairtrade to support producers who are faced with rising food and production costs as prices soar.
London is the world’s largest Fairtrade city – and Hackney achieved Fairtrade status last year. A Fairtrade directory for our area is available here and over the coming year there will be more awareness raising events to ensure we maintain our Fairtrade status in the years to come.