A fair deal for farmers in the global food supply chain
“Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally 'in the red'. We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women. When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge which is provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by a European. Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half of the world.”
Martin Luther King, Junior
Farmers feed us, yet many find it difficult to make a reasonable living themselves. Growing food in a school garden can give children a practical understanding of the position of producers at the beginning of the global food supply chain. This can inform discussion of what represents a fair return for farmers in the UK and Majority World.
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