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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

UK consumers go bananas for Fairtrade

Level: Upper intermediate / B2

Here is an interesting article in the Guardian newspaper about Fairtrade products.
Read the article and then answer these questions:
1) By how much did the sales of fairly traded products increase in the UK last year?
2) What was the main factor in this growth?
3) Who were the first major sugar brand to convert to Fairtrade?
4) Where does M&S Fairtrade tea come from?
5) What does 'go bananas' mean?!

Answers below!

Have a look at Faitrade banana day!

1) 12%
2) Major supermarkets selling Fairtrade goods at the same price as conventionally produced goods
3) Tate & Lyle
4) Kenya
5) 'To behave in a very excited, angry or emotional way about something'
(from Online English Lessons)

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