This year, Fairtrade Fortnight has been focusing on overhauling the banana industry and creating a fairer system for the millions of banana farmers who struggle to get a fair deal. Bananas are now bought and sold so cheaply in the UK that many of the farmers and workers who grow them are being trapped in poverty. So the Fairtrade Foundation have launched their Stick With Foncho To Make Bananas Fair campaign, with Colombian banana famer Foncho as the face of a petition asking Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, to investigate supermarkets’ unfair pricing practices.
We’re nearing the end of Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 so what better time to check out some blog posts supporting fairtrade food? Here are our favourite five…
Holly from Recipes From A Normal Mum turned baking into a half-term activity recently, and made some Cadbury fairtrade chocolate banana flower cupcakes with her kids. We love the fairtrade chocolate buttons pushed into the tops as a simple decoration.
Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles describes this recipe as a “modern and ethical take on a traditional dessert” – sweet caramelised Fairtrade bananas with rum-infused mascarpone cream and a crisp shortcrust pastry base with a drizzled with rum glaze. There’s no denying her caramelised fairtrade banana cream pie looks totally delicious.
Fairtrade banana and white chocolate brownies? Oh yes please. These bad boys, over on Glamorous Glutton, would be perfect with a mid-morning cuppa. Stick the kettle on.
Fresh from doing a cooking demo in Westfield Shopping Centre in London, Dominic from Bellau Kitchen has whipped up these beetroot and chocolate brownies using fairtrade chocolate. The beetroot coloured icing drizzled over them looks so effective, doesn’t it?
Not content with just baking some dark chocolate and ginger flapjacks (which look delicious, by the way), Claire from Foodie Quine is also judging a fairtrade bake off at her kids’ school. We hope she’ll be channelling her inner Mary Berry.
Have you baked something using fairtrade ingredients recently? And do you try to buy fairtrade when you can?