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Going bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight

Margaret Newton, Sally Bimson, Steve DeHaven and Pauline DeHaven holding William Newton with the Smoothie Bike

Margaret Newton, Sally Bimson, Steve DeHaven and Pauline DeHaven holding William Newton with the Smoothie Bike

Energetic riders have been using pedal-power to make Fairtrade banana smoothies in the One World’s Centre’s pop-up shop .

It’s one of a range of activities taking place across the island during Fairtrade Fortnight (February 24 to this Sunday).

The shop, in Duke Street, Douglas, is open from Wednesday to Saturday, and features the Manx Co-operative’s Smoothie Bike.

Fairtrade tasting sessions will be hosted by the Manx Co-operative at the Duke Street store tomorrow (Wednesday) from 2pm to 5pm and Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

A fun detective trail, which involves tracking down Fairtrade foods sold in outlets, is on offer from the island’s Fairtrade Group.

There is a fairly-traded prize for the entry with the most locations visited and another prize for the most imaginative submission.

Detective forms are available from the One World Centre, libraries and the Welcome Centre. Copies can be downloaded from.iom.selectfairtrade.co.uk

Bananas are a special focus this Fairtrade Fortnight. Currently only one in every three bananas bought in the UK is Fairtrade and the aim is to increase this proportion during 2014.

Produce showing the Fairtrade mark mean the farmers and producers have been paid a fair price.

 

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