Lakes aims to achieve Fairtrade status
Post by Karl Phillips
on 25 March 2011 in Ethical Living
The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has backed
a plan to apply for Fairtrade status.
If successful, the park would become the first Fairtrade
zone of its kind in the UK. Members of the LDNPA voted at a meeting this week
to back the scheme, and help promote ethical trade and support marginalised
producers both locally and in developing countries.
There are over 500 towns in the UK that have achieved
Fairtrade status, some of which lie within the Lake District National Park.
However, any area can apply, including counties, islands and boroughs.
LDNPA policy adviser Neil Solender said working towards
Fairtrade status would promote inclusion and integration.
He said: "Fairtrade products do not compete against our
own locally-sourced products but rather sit alongside.
"Buying local products from the national park and
Cumbria remains of key importance, ensuring our local economy and local
producers benefit over the long term."
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