Hackney helps launch Fairtrade world record attempt


Speaker Rathbone and Berger Primary Pupils Hackney went bonkers for Fairtrade bananas over the weekend as part of the world’s biggest banana-eating event.

Residents joined forces with hundreds of other Fairtrade supporters across the country to help break the record for the most bananas eaten during a 24-hour period.

Council speaker Ian Rathbone led the borough’s efforts in the challenge at the town hall on Mare Street.

He said: “We asked people to go bananas and join us in this world record eating attempt. You only needed to eat one Fairtrade banana to show your support.”

BananasIt is estimated that more than 360,000 pieces of the much-loved tropical fruit have been eaten in the borough since the bonanza began on Friday lunchtime.

Year-five pupils from Berger Primary School, Anderson Road, were present to help break the record. They said they had been learning about the importance of Fairtrade produce and healthy living in school.

Pupil Jade Au, 10, said: “I love eating bananas, and all my family eat them. I will have to make sure they’re Fairtrade now.”

Councillor Rathbone (Leabridge, Labour) who is also Hackney Fairtrade Group Coordinator said: “Fairtrade is about giving banana producers just a little bit more so that they can grow as a sustainable community. The extra money will help them thrive and give them justice.

More Bananas“It’s now more important than ever that people buy Fairtrade to support producers who are faced with rising food and production costs as prices soar.”

He added: “Today’s been fun and the children have had a good laugh and we’ve all eaten lots of bananas but it’s also about remembering people in the two-thirds of the world who don’t have very much at all.”

Hackney Council gained Fairtrade accreditation last year, meaning it must purchase Fairtrade registered products and encourage cafes, shops and organisations to do so too.


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