Trade News: On Fair Trade, Changing Climate & Flying Pigs

On, by or about Fair Trade:

  • The WFTO Network (World Fair Trade Organization): The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is the global network of over 450 Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) and individuals. The WFTO network spans 75 countries through a web of five regional networks in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the entire Pacific Rim.
  • WFTO New Members: The WFTO is pleased to announce the inclusion of 18 new organizations into their network: seven organizations from Africa, three from Europe, five from Latin America and three in Asia, as well as three new individuals from the Netherlands, the UK and the United Arab Emirates.
  • The One World Award 2012: For the third time since its creation, the International “One World Award 2012” will honor select people who give positive and innovative examples of globalization. The award recognizes sustainable ideas and projects that integrate ecological, economic and social aspects.

On climate change:

  • NASA Climate Change Blog. Each week for the past couple of years, NASA has published new images of different locations on planet Earth, showing change over time periods ranging from centuries to days. The pictures have been taken from space and from the ground by real-life people. Some of the changes seen are related to, or exacerbated by, climate change and some are not. Some document the effects of urbanization and man’s impact on the land while others the ravage of disasters such as fires and floods.
  • UN Chief Calls for Increased Efforts to Fight Climate Change.  “The facts are clear. Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise,”UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “Millions of people are suffering today from climate impacts. Climate change is very real. The consequences of climate change are significant. The current drought in the Horn of Africa is only one of many examples of the suffering caused by global warming. Timely action is needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change and to save millions of lives in the regions threatened most.”

Flying Pigs

On flying pigs:

Trade in Everything. An entire Boeing 747 has been hired at £330,000 per trip to fly pigs on a 5,500-mile journey in more comfort than humans often have in economy class.  By the end of the year, about 4,500 pigs from farms across Britain, from Oxfordshire to Cheshire and Scotland, will be living in China after a new livestock trade agreement.  Thanks to decades of sophisticated breeding programmes, an average British-bred sow gives birth to 22 piglets a year compared with 14 for a Chinese one.

On the flight, each pig, which weighs an average 11 lb., can relax in an area measuring 3.5ft by 3.5ft where it can stretch out, roll, stand or lie during the 11.5 hours in the air. In contrast, an economy-class human traveller is typically confined to a seat 18in wide with no more than 32in legroom. The pigs can help themselves to food and water throughout the trip.

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