Gosport joins in celebrations for 1000th Fair Trade town

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GOSPORT has joined in with a global celebration to mark the 1000th Fair Trade town.

On Saturday, Gosport Fairtrade Action celebrated their status alongside towns and cities across the world, as they pledged their support to the ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign.

It comes as Kumamoto in Japan became the first Asian Fair Trade town – and the 1000th across the globe.

The event celebrated the campaign for fair trade in the fields, on the high streets, in local schools, community groups and businesses.

To mark the celebrations, Gosport Fairtrade Action has joined individuals, organisations and Fair Trade towns around the world by signing up to a statement calling on G20 leaders to ‘Make Trade Fair’.

The statement calls for action to ensure the current food system and agricultural trade flows contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security.

The statement, supporting messages and photographs will be presented to agricultural ministers at the G20 meeting in Paris on June 22 and June 23.

Gosport was officially declared a Fair Trade town in 2008.

Sarah Hirom, spokeswoman for Gosport Fairtrade Action, said: ‘Gosport is a fair trade borough because people here have shown their support for fair trade.

‘We need to know that the people who grow our food receive a fair price which enables them to care for their own children properly – and fair trade guarantees that.

‘Now it’s time for governments to follow the lead of ordinary people all over this country and the world and really act to curb speculation on food and make trade fair.’

In the UK, where Fair Trade towns originated, more than 500 towns, cities, villages, islands, boroughs, counties and zones have now achieved the fair trade status.