learning about cotton

Leeds DEC http://leedsdec.co.uk had a wonderful morning with Year 2 pupils at Bramley St Peters in March, just the second day after the children were back in school after lockdown. The pupils learnt about the Journey of cotton and how Fairtrade can benefit farmers, as part of their topic on plants. The children were delighted to meet surprise guest Girrafacita the West African giraffe, who introduced children to everyday products that contain cotton (including her new sun hat!) The children finished the workshop by creating their own sock puppets to re-tell the cotton story.

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Fairtrade Easter eggs

This Easter, make sure you buy Fairtrade Easter eggs, so that it’s a treat for the recipient, and at the same time you’re helping farmers earn a fair price for their cocoa.

First, you can buy Fairtrade Easter eggs from http://www.divinechocolate.com. There are six items to choose from including a vegan raspberry egg, which sounds moreish.

Second, you can buy Divine Easter eggs on http://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk as well as Traidcraft’s “Real Easter Eggs”

Locally there is the Cooperative Society where I counted 7 different designs of Fairtrade Easter eggs – well done Coop! There were some Malteser Easter eggs. Although Maltesers are Fairtrade, I’m not sure whether the Easter eggs are. Maybe someone can tell me.

At Lidl I counted at least 12 Fairtrade Easter treats on Lidl’s website, which is really splendid, especially as so many children learn about Fairtrade at school.

At Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda – how many Fairtrade Easter eggs? I couldn’t find any! This is really disappointing. Let us know what you find when you go shopping for Easter treats.

Have a lovely Easter – enjoy your Easter treats, and keep on being fair to farmers.

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Here’s another Fairtrade event.

Guiseley Baptist church is holding a virtual coffee morning on Saturday

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Family Fun Quiz

Well done everybody who completed the quiz. Here are the answers

  1. Which of these can be bought with the Fairtrade mark? Tea, coffee, roses, honey, rice, sugar, cocoa or gold – ans, all of them
  2. Can you name two countries where bananas come from? – ans, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ghana, El Salvador, ‘Dominican Republic
  3. What does the Fairtrade mark look like to you? – ans, most people see a person against the sky and land. Some people can see a parrot or even a dolphin!
  4. When did Leeds become a Fairtrade City? – ans, 2004
  5. What do places of worship have to do to get Fairtrade status? – ans, they have to use Fairtrade products in the church and support Fairtrade Fortnight.
  6. Which two countries grow the most cocoa? – ans, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
  7. Most cocoa farmers have never tasted chocolate, true or false. ans, – true.

THANK YOU for supporting Fairtrade, every time you buy something with the Fairtrade mark, you are helping a family to prosper and work their way out of poverty.

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Sunday’s question

Good morning – here is your last question, question number 7 in our FAMILY FUN QUIZ

Most cocoa farmers have never tasted chocolate. Is this true or false?

Now you have answered all seven questions please send your answers to us. Go to our contact us page. You will see our email address. Click on it (it will then ask you to choose one of two email addresses, choose the joan.machin@ntlworld.com) and send us your seven answers. Don’t forget to put your address and a contact phone number.

We will send some chocolate treats to the first 5 correct entries.

We will put the correct answers here on Tuesday. Good luck

If for any reason you can’t get through, phone 0113 2564874

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Saturday’s question

Good morning – here’s the sixth question of our FAMILY FUN QUIZ

Chocolate is made from cocoa. Which two countries grow the most cocoa to make chocolate with?

Good luck and only one more question, see you tomorrow

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Friday’s question

Good morning – here’s the fifth question for our FAMILY FUN QUIZ

Churches and other places of worship can also have Fairtrade status.

What two things do they have to promise to do, to become Fairtrade places of worship?

This is a bit more difficult. Remember you can ask mum or dad for some help, it is a Family Quiz!

Good luck see you tomorrow for question number 6

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Thursday’s question

Good morning, here’s the fourth question of our FAMILY FUN QUIZ

Towns and cities (and villages) are called Fairtrade when their Councils agree to support Fairtrade and there is a group of people working to make Fairtrade more well known where they live. When did Leeds become a Fairtrade City? Here’s a clue, you won’t have to look very far!

Good luck see you tomorrow for question 5

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Wednesday’s question

Good morning here’s the third question for our FAMILY FUN QUIZ

Have a look at the “about us” page. You’ll see a picture of the Fairtrade mark. What does it look like to you? There’s no right or wrong answer to this one, it’s just your opinion. As usual, don’t send us the answers till you have seen all 7 questions.

GOOD LUCK See you tomorrow for question 4

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Tuesday’s question

Good morning – here’s the second question of our FAMILY FUN QUIZ

We’ve been able to buy Fairtrade bananas since 2000. Can you name two countries where our bananas come from?

It’s OK to get mum or dad to help you

remember don’t send us your answers till you’ve had all 7 questions

Good luck – see you tomorrow for question no 3

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