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The Brandon Fair Trade Town Committee is celebrating five years of fair trade products in the Wheat City, with May being proclaimed fair trade month.
At the fair trade flag raising at Brandon City Hall on Tuesday morning, Mayor Rick Chrest credited the milestone to the grassroots work the committee has done to have the City of Brandon fair trade certified.
"I like to think the principles that come along with fair trade really do boil over and spread over into our community's general life, promoting respect, fairness for workers and business and producers and the like."
Mireille Saurette, chair of the Fair Trade Town Committee, said that for a city of Brandon’s size, having 12 stores and seven restaurants offering fair trade options means the city meets the threshold for the certification.
A couple of these fair trade businesses include Ten Thousand Villages, which is completely fair trade, and Coffee Culture, which sells one fair trade coffee.
She said buying fair trade products has direct results in the communities that grow the products.
"When something is fair trade, the middle people, which can be plentiful, are sort of cut out so there’s more to give back to the communities that grow coffee, that produce the sugar, that produce the cocoa and the tea."
Maintaining Brandon’s designation is a constant process, she said, and people can help further it by buying the fair trade products when they see them in stores.
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