12 Aug '14

News How one school's battle for Fairtrade bananas took them all the way to No 10

The student movement at Polesden Lacey Infant School for ethically sourced bananas didn't just raise an important sustainability issue it was a fantastic teaching vehicle tooBehold the mighty banana. It's the world's most popular fruit, a staple of children's lunch boxes everywhere and a rich source of energy and nutrients. But like many of the foods imported from developing countries, it has a dark side. Pressure from consumers and supermarkets to keep prices down means that banana farmers are often paid a pittance and subjected to harsh working conditions.Students at Polesden Lacey Infant School, however, are fighting to give these workers a better life. For the last year and a half they have been campaigning to make sure all bananas supplied to the Leatherhead school are ethically sourced. And it's a battle they have taken all the way to No 10. Continue reading...

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