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Celebrate fair times, come on!

Fair trade tea picker

Credit: Linus Hallgren

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Heads up everybody - Fair Trade Fortnight has begun!

This annual Aussie celebration of all things fair trade kick started on May 2 and runs through until the 17th. It's the perfect time for us all to stop and reflect how our individual product choices can have far reaching effects - whether it's the environmental impact of choosing food that's organically grown, or the positive social impact of choosing an item that is certified Fairtrade.

Showing your support for fair trade products can help change the lives of farmers and producers across the developing world, and helps to make sustainable production in third world areas possible.

You can read more about what fair trade is and can do in our Instant Expert here, as well as in the May/June issue of G, on sale May 6.

We've also caught wind that the folks organising the fortnight of fair trade celebration, the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, are running a competition to find Australia's most fair-trade-friendly supermarket - check out the details here. Will your local food stop be a winner?

The rest of the fortnight also promises a range of events, from locally held Fair Trade Fiesta's to markets, galas and even fair trade food tastings! Check out what's on over here, and let us know what you'll be getting up to for these fair trade celebrations.