Push for fair trade choice

Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has called on major supermarkets to stock more products made under "fair trade" deals.

The Catholic Leader reports that the Commission is urging Catholics to buy the products wherever possible as a practical way to support people in poor nations.

But the executive officer Peter Arndt said Australia's major supermarkets are not stocking many of these lines.

He said the Commission had recently held a series of parish talks and workshops on trade justice, presented by Sister of Charity Suzette Clark from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

He said one of the practical ways Catholics could help was to buy products produced by farmers and workers who were paid fairly.

Mr Arndt said the commission was concerned major supermarkets chains like Woolworths and Coles would not stock the products whereas major chains in Britain did.

But a Woolworths spokeswoman said the chain did stock one fair trade product - a coffee brand - and that the problem in the past was accessing suppliers.

Push for fair trade choice (Catholic Leader 14/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission | Commission To Host Week of Trade Justice Talks (Media Release 18/7/05)
Fair Trade Association of Ausralia and New Zealand
Autralian Catholic Social Justice Council

12 Aug 2005