Following her support for the Farmers for Action and National Farmers Union (NFU) campaign to highlight the reduction in milk prices paid to farmers, local MP Tessa Munt wants to investigate a Fairtrade milk scheme for UK dairy farmers.
Tessa went along to meet the 1,100 local farmers at the blockade of Robert Wiseman’s distribution centre in Bridgwater on Sunday evening to show her support for dairy farmers in her patch. She pointed out that The Fairtrade Foundation currently works to support farmers in the developing world to ensure that they get a fair price for their products, but there is clearly a need to do the same ‘at home’ in the UK.
The Foundation issues Fairtrade Marks which can be displayed on products which indicate that they have been certified by the Foundation where the producers get a fair deal. The Fairtrade Mark does not currently apply to UK farmers but Tessa is keen that a version of it should. She has written to the Fairtrade Foundation about this.
Tessa said: “I have spoken previously about how vitally important it is to keep dairy farming alive and to make sure our farmers get a fair price for their products. As a nation, we should concentrate on food security and be able to feed ourselves. I really believe a Fairtrade milk scheme would be an effective way to ensure that the farmers are protected and the consumer knows at a glance that he or she is supporting British farming when shopping for milk or milk products. I am writing to the Farming Minister about this.”
July 24th 2012