30 September 1999
Supermarkets snub fair trade scheme

BRITISH supermarkets have blocked attempts for a “fair trade” banana scheme that could save thousands of small farmers jobs in Central America.

Campaigners for the scheme say it could save the livelihoods of up to 15,000 small farmers who may go out of business.

Their livelihoods are in danger if the European Union loses its trade war with the United States over bananas.

The scheme would give the farmers 15p for every £1 British consumers spend on bananas.

But Phil Wells, director of the Fair Trade Foundation, said the main supermarkets were more concerned with quality and price than with ethical issues.