Monday, 24 February 2014

Prayer for Monday 24th February

Fairtrade fortnight starts today and ends on 9th March. Its focus this year is to “Make Bananas Fair”. Bananas are the UK’s most popular fruit. One in 3 bananas sold is Fairtrade but the other 2 are subject to fierce price wars by supermarkets and suppliers to make them so cheap that they threaten farmer’s futures. Small family farms find it impossible to compete with the low prices of those grown on large plantations, where chemical use is rife and workers often face dangerous conditions, and many have abandoned their plots. Only Fairtrade guarantees growers higher prices, enabling them to feed their families and make a viable living.

Loving Lord, help us to support Fairtrade in our world by buying bananas and other products that do not exploit others and that give people a chance to support themselves, their families and communities.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.