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"FairTrade brand should include British farmers" - Farron

May 22, 2007 12:00 AM

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming called today for the 'FairTrade' brand to be extended to include getting a fairer deal for British farmers during a Westminster Hall debate on the dairy farming industry. At present dairy farmers receive only a very small amount of money for a litre of milk while supermarkets' and processors' profits soar to unprecedented heights.

Recent figures released by Sainsbury's revealed that profits for the last financial year were up almost 50% to £380 million while the dairy industry continues to struggle.

Speaking after the debate, Mr Farron said:

"I have written to the FairTrade Foundation to enquire as to the possibility of extending the brand to British farmers, and I thought today would be an ideal opportunity to bring it up in parliament.

"Shoppers go down one supermarket aisle picking up FairTrade tea and coffee, giving themselves a warm ethical glow, and turn down the next aisle and pick up a pint of milk obtained from a British farmer ruthlessly exploited by supermarkets and processors. I want to see British farmers given a fair deal once and for all."