CHESTER MP Stephen Mosley joined Fairtrade ambassador and five time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave in Parliament in a bid to break the record for the world’s longest bunting.
The world record attempt was to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight and to highlight the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Great Cotton Stitch-Up’ campaign – a drive to end unfair European cotton subsidies.
West African cotton producers are some of the poorest farmers on the planet and yet, last year, had to compete with EU farmers who received more than £600m in subsidies – the equivalent to Estonia’s entire EU contribution.
Mr Mosley said: “It is scandalous that West African farmers who earn less than $1 a day cannot use their farming skills to trade their way out of poverty.”
“Chester was the UK’s first Fairtrade city and from the amount of Fairtrade goods on sale in our local shops, I know that trade justice is something residents still really care about.
“Behind this campaign is a serious message to end unfair European cotton subsidies and to make trade fair. That’s why I am supporting this bid, so we can help some of the poorest cotton farmers in the world make a decent living.”