So how can you make a difference?
First, opt for products that have been certified as fair trade (see left). Next, get informed, and help organizations like Fairtrade Canada raise awareness.
Check out these events taking place during Fair Trade Campus Week:
Outdoor film screening: Banana Split
WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: FOFA Gallery courtyard
Canadians eat three billion bananas each year, but pay very little for them, despite the nearest banana plantation being 5,000 kilometres away. Learn about the rise and practices of the United Fruit Company/Chiquita.
Free fair-trade snacks will be offered by Concordia Food Services during the screening. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to VA-323.
World’s largest fair-trade bake sale
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, noon to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Three locations: In front of Starbucks (LB Building, Sir George Williams Campus), at the Green Beet (Hall Building, Sir George Williams Campus) and at the Market (SP Building, Loyola Campus).
Campuses and other groups across Canada will join forces to celebrate fair-trade farmers and workers by making baked goods from fair-trade ingredients. Proceeds will go to support education and awareness in Canada, and community development projects through producer partners in the Global South.
For more information, visit the fair-trade bake sale website.
Learn more about the sustainability efforts of Concordia’s Food Services.