Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hackney Fairtrade Meeting tonight

Hackney Fairtrade Steering Group are holding an event this evening, Wednesday 26th September 2012. Time: 8pm

Location: Council Chamber, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street.

The format of the meeting is a Question Time-style debate on the theme of 'Can Your Shopping Basket Change the World?' The debate will be chaired by George Alagiah.

Hackney Fairtrade Steering Group have invited a panel of speakers from the world of politics, business and the local food movement who will debate and answer questions from the audience about how the way we shop can affect the lives of people across the world.

Some of the issues they hope to cover in the debate include:

·        Is it necessary for us to pay more to shop ethically?

·        Does supporting overseas producers come at a cost to local producers?

·        What difference does it make where and how we shop?

·        What is better - fair trade produce or organic produce?

·        What is more important - supporting local ethnic shops (with fewer fair trade products) or buying from the large national super markets (probably with more fair trade products)?

The full panel of guests is:
  • Diane Abbott MP
  • Julie Brown, Chair of Growing Communities
  •  Kate Bull, Founder of the People's Supermarket
  • Professor Giles Oldroyd and
  • John Page, Secretary Hackney Unties

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Many thanks

John Page
Hackney Unites

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