Nina out and about being active in the community

Nina out and about being active in the community
I am a hands-on Green, out and about being active in the community

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Fair Trade for Scottish Farmers

I am sure you are familiar with the Fair Trade logo. It guarantees that producers are paid a fair price for their products and is mostly for food and other items from 'developing' countries. Perhaps you choose Fair Trade bananas, tea, coffee or cooca, as my family does.

However, I think it is time we looked a bit closer to home. Did you know that the milk you buy in your local supermarket is produced AT A LOSS TO THE SCOTTISH DAIRY FARMER? The supermarkets have forced the price they pay the farmer so low, that farmers LOSE MONEY on every pint. This is a disgrace. Worse, it will drive our own farmers out of business.

Do you prefer fresh milk, dried milk or longlife (UHT) milk on your cereal or in your tea? Fresh milk? I thought so. Well, if our local farmers can no longer make a living producing fresh milk then the alternative is for imported dried or UHT milk. This has pretty much already happened in the USA, where fresh milk is all but unobtainable except at elite farm shops.

The time has come for Fair Trade to apply at home as well as abroad. If you elect me to the Scottish Parliament, this will be one of my campaigns: