FAIRTRADE FOOD MATTERS | MAGPIE & MAPLE

Welcome to my new ‘living well’ series! This first post is all about ethically sourced foodstuffs. As is pretty obvious from this entire blog, I love my food and get through a lot of ingredients, but have more recently become aware of the problems associated with many of my favourite products. Like most people, I want to get the highest quality product at the lowest possible price, but what we often don’t realise is that this can come at a cost to the producer. Many industries rely on underpaying and exploiting their workers — or even on child labour and modern slavery — to keep prices down and turn over large profits.

If I have one issue with the current ‘wellness’ trend (and tbh I have quite a few) it’s that it’s very driven by what’s good for us and our bodies — what makes us look and feel good. These things are important, but sometimes I find there’s so much emphasis placed on this, that it clouds out issues which are more important. What about the people that grew the raw organic cacao? What about their ‘wellness’? If your food is all organic, cold-pressed, unrefined etc, that’s great – but surely the most important thing is that it’s ethically sourced?

I’ve asked Joe Osman, Sourcing Director at Traidcraft to answer a few questions and shed some more light on this issue, since it’s something I’m still learning about myself. Evidently, it doesn’t just apply to food, that’s just what I’ve chosen to focus on. This isn’t a sponsored post, but I do recommend you have a look at their website, as they have some wonderful ethically sourced products and run key campaigns. View Full Post

I’m a huge fan of farmers markets. Back in Oxford I went to one pretty much every weekend, but it’s a habit I’ve fallen out of, and I’m slowly discovering the markets in my locality. I live in a diverse suburban area with a mix of rural and urban, so all the markets I’ve tried so far have been very different and exciting to explore.

Fashion and beauty bloggers do clothes and makeup hauls, so I thought why not do the same thing, but for people like me who get excited by fresh vegetables and jam. In so doing, I hope I can encourage you to support your local farmers, bakers, and small businesses, by proving that this eco-friendly and ethical way of shopping is also incredibly fun and rewarding, as there’s always something different on offer and you never know quite who you’ll meet or what you’ll bring home.

This week, the market was actually on a farm — despite the name ‘farmers market’, it’s the first I’ve been to where that was the case — in a very rural area not far from me. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the stalls were out in the farmyard — there were even ducks and sheep running about!  View Full Post