It’s that time of year again when we get to indulge in chocolate and romance. However, the chocolate has a dark side that many of us are unaware of. The majority of our chocolate is sourced from the cocoa plantations on the Ivory Coast, and unfortunately these plantations often utilize child slavery. As hard as it is to believe, the majority of the chocolate we buy in gas stations and grocery stores are sourced from these child slaves.
Now if your Valentine is anything like my wife, they love chocolate! But how do we purchase chocolate that is guaranteed to be slave free? Well, there is a wonderful solution… fair trade! Fair trade products are often promoted as being helpful to the farmers and artisans because they get paid a good wage and the model of fair trade impacts communities. While this is absolutely true, there is another benefit to it… slave free! By default (based upon regulations and requirements) fair trade products are slave free!
What a wonderful thing to be able to purchase chocolate for the one you love with a clear conscience! Any health food store in your area will most likely carry fair trade products. So, will you do the world a favor this Valentine’s day by purchasing products that do not support child slavery?
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or contact us directly at info@FairTradeWorld.net.