Choose Fair Trade and Palm Oil Free this Easter

Fair Trade LogoThe power of choice is yours. Choosing Fair Trade Chocolate is important any time of the year, but particularly at Easter when supermarket shelves are bursting with an array of chocolate products all varying in price and quality.

Fortunatly, Fair Trade Australia publish this handy guide to choosing chocolate products this Easter.

Why bother?

  • Although slavery has been legally abolished worldwide, serious labor abuses on cacao plantations remain. These problems persist throughout West Africa’s Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Nigeria, which collectively produce nearly 70 percent of the world’s cacao. The U.S. State Department estimates that, in Côte d’Ivoire alone (producer of more than 40 percent of the world’s cacao), more than 100,000 children work under the “worst forms of child labor,” and that at least 10,000 children are victims of human trafficking and enslavement.
  • According to the International Cocoa Organization, only 0.1 percent of chocolate sold is fair-trade certified, so chances are enormously high that chocolate is not ethically sourced unless explicitly indicated on the packaging.

So, although you and I have the luxury and privilege of associating chocolate with pleasure – many young and innocent suffer in the Dark Side of the business of chocolate production.

That is why I have decided to only source Fair Trade Certified Chocolate.

Need convincing? This Video highlights the positive impacts of fair trade programs and This Video shows the journey from hand pollinated  Cacao flowers to chocolate as we know it! Fascinating.

Oh, and if you are also wanting to avoid Palm Oil in your Easter goodies – make sure you cross reference with this handy guide by the Orangutan Project.

Pastrygene Macarons contain only Fair Trade Courvature Chocolate and its the good stuff … so its also Palm Oil Free. Win Win!

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