Fair Trade Chocolate

Fair Trade Logo

Fair Trade Logo

I want to highlight some things about chocolate, and feel that it is important for people to be mindful of the following facts when it comes to chocolate (sourced from this article)  :

  • Though 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.  It means that my products will cost you more (about 60 cents per 100 grams … not much really) but you can enjoy them knowing that it is not only food that is good for you, but food that is good for those who grow it.

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.

Want to source your own ethical ingredients  … use this handy chocolate guide to decide what kind of chocolate you buy.

I’d love to know what you think … 220px-Fairtrade

[polldaddy poll=6860751]

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmailby feather