Year 5/6 have been learning all about Fairtrade as part of 'Fairtrade Fortnight 2018'.
We started by thinking about what links we have with the rest of the globe: what countries we have visited, where our food comes from, people we know in different countries and languages we speak.
We have investigated where our food comes from and how many miles each food item has travelled to get to us. We were shocked to find out that there are lots of food items, that we could grow in the UK, which are actually imported from other countries and travel many miles in order to reach our dinner plates.
We have also investigated where our money actually goes when we buy products that have been imported from different countries. We were given 30p (the averages price of a banana) to split between the 5 different parties involved in banana growing and exporting. After much discussion and debate, we decided how much each party would receive. We discovered that the grower, who spends the longest time with the product, actually gets the least amount.
We have learnt that if we buy 'Fairtrade' food items, we have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices we can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.