Sir, I am pleased to note that despite a drop in consumer spending, people are still supporting farmers and their families in the poorest countries by purchasing Fairtrade products. But perhaps a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect is not something that should be limited to poorer international countries. 

Fairtrade should also be considered alongside a product’s provenance, even in the UK. Farming standards such as Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) show farmers who care for the countryside can produce safe, affordable and healthy food. 

Surely this, together with factors such as local community involvement and a commitment to ethical trading, should be something that consumers consider when buying British produce? 

Duncan Farrington, Farrington Oils, Northamptonshire