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Everyone ought to insist on Fair Trade products

The big supermarkets often force local producers to bear the costs when they have promotional prices or loss-leaders such as milk at bargain prices.

Many farmers can no longer afford to produce for them.

How much worse is it for small farmers overseas?

In competitive pricing wars between the supermarkets, the price of bananas has halved in the past 10 years, but the cost of producing them has doubled.

We eat cheap bananas but the banana farmers and workers in tropical countries cannot afford to feed their families or pay for basics like education or health care.

We should all insist on only buying Fair Trade bananas as well as Fair Trade tea and coffee to ensure that we do not have cheap food at the expense of those working to produce it.

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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