‘A Gig of Two Halves’ for FairtradeAt the Cockpit in Leeds. Friday 12th May 2006. Words and photos by Boo.
“So where is it we're going tomorrow night?”
“Leeds. The Cockpit. It's one of those Fairtrade gigs like the one in London at Easter - Starsailor play two sets, starting with an acoustic, there's an interval with some Fairtrade awareness stuff, then they do another electric set to close.”
“That sounds good, loved their semi-acoustic at Jabez Clegg. So, what's with the Fairtrade stuff then?”
“It's an organisation that ensures food producers in the developing world get a fair deal for their crops; fair trade. We get to eat yummy chocolate we buy at the local supermarket, or that Mexican coffee you like and the grower gets paid enough to feed his family, rather than being ripped off by producers driving the price down and keeping them in poverty.”
“Sounds like a worthwhile thing to do?”
“Yes, definitely. If you see food labelled with the Fairtrade mark (shown left), you know the grower got a decent price - they're a little more expensive sometimes, but that's where the difference goes.”
“So, no more just picking up the cheapest bananas then?”
The two minute gig summary:
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