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This afternoon I organised another world record attempt! Well, I got 128 children at the school I work at to be part of one. As the finale of Fairtrade Fortnight, a new world record is being set between noon today and noon tomorrow, for simultaneous Fairtrade banana eating over a 24 hour period. Each participant will eat one banana, so it’s not about stuffing one’s face!

So I combined this with our Attendance Week, rewarding every child who had 100% attendance this week with a Fairtrade banana. The children really grasped that it was about fairness (kids are very hot on that). And of course, all trade should be fair, but that will require green governments everywhere.

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    • Napier
    • Posted March 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm
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    Can children in schools be given Fairtrade chocolate or has it been banned under healthy eating legislation?

    You might be interested to know that in September 2007 DFOB stopped supplying milk in glass bottles to schools in Kirklees and Leeds. The explanation was that the machinery was beyond repair. I suspect the change to cartons is purely a business decision.

    • shirleyford
    • Posted March 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm
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    Interesting question about fairtrade chocolate. I don’t think it has been banned, but I will check that out.

    And thanks for the info about what happened to school glass milk bottles in Kirklees and Leeds. We had the same in South Tyneside and the same lame excuse, which we challenged but in vain. It was a stitch up and they claimed when the contract was put out to tender that no supplier was offering glass bottles. As you say it is sheer convenience for the dairy company. The environment can go to hell and these councils, who have massive buying power, just let them get away with it.


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