Exmouth can gain Fairtrade town status

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

A POLL of Exmouth's hotels, restaurants and cafes, to discover who uses 'ethical' food and drink, is being carried out throughout the town. The poll, sent to businesses by the Chamber of Commerce, is a prelude to a bid to turn Exmouth into East Devon's fi

A POLL of Exmouth's hotels, restaurants and cafes, to discover who uses 'ethical' food and drink, is being carried out throughout the town.The poll, sent to businesses by the Chamber of Commerce, is a prelude to a bid to turn Exmouth into East Devon's first and only Fairtrade Town.Fairtrade ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal.And in March this year the town council backed the move following an impassioned plea from a Ugandan tea producer.Martin Odoch, from the Koboko district, at the invitation of Martin John-Nicholls of Christian Aid, espoused the benefits of the Fairtrade Mark in a presentation.However, for the town to gain this status it requires the support of businesses, local authorities, churches and community groups.Simon Wood, secretary of the Chamber of Trade said it was important to know the details of who stocks Fairtrade products - to ensure the directory being published in the spring of 2009 is accurate.Mr Wood said: "This survey is being conducted by the group who are pressing for 'Fairtrade Town' status for Exmouth with the support of the Town Council. One of the five criteria for the award is that a good number of firms use products which carry the mark in their provision of refreshments. "In a tourist town this means our hotel and boarding house businesses. Several hotels and bed and breakfasts already offer Fairtrade products as an option in bedrooms and use them in the preparation of meals.Martin John-Nicholls said: "Exmouth would be amongst the pioneers (of Fairtrade) and can help show the rest of the country that it doesn't have to be exception - it can be the norm."To find out go to www.fairtrade.org.uk or www.exmouthfairtrade.org.uk

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