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18 years after Fairtrade was established, Britain has become the leading consumer of Fairtrade products.

18 years after Fairtrade was established, Britain has become the leading consumer of Fairtrade products, the Independent reports. The Fairtrade movement was originally created to protect Mexican coffee farmers against plummeting world prices but now it has “transformed into a global business, with Britain the largest market.” Sales of Fairtrade coffee and bananas have doubled in two years with one in five cups of filter coffee drunk in the UK now being supplied from a “fair” source.

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