I was recently horrified to learn that there is an unforgivably strong connection between many of the large corporations that manufacture chocolate candy bars in the United States and child slavery in Africa. Please read this excellent post for more information; you should also read this one and this one while you are at it.
How do more people not know about this? Why didn’t I? Or maybe people do know, but they don’t think changing their personal shopping/eating habits will make any difference…so they continue to buy that chocolate anyway?
I was already buying Fair Trade Certified chocolate most of the time, but armed with this knowledge, it will be 100% of the time from now on.
What about you?
Because October is Fair Trade Month, the kind folks at Fair Trade USA sent me two bags of Fair Trade Certified goodies. I kept one, and I’m going to send the other to one of you.
Fair Trade USA is a non-profit organization which strives to cultivate a global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. By certifying products and suppliers who protect local ecosystems and guaranteeing that farmers are paid a fair, honest price, Fair Trade USA works to help people make conscientious purchases.
Fair Trade USA marked Fair Trade Month 2011 with the launch of a social media initiative, and there are now three “Fair Trade Finder” apps to help consumers find Fair Trade Certified products more easily:
The Facebook app, the Android app, and the iPhone app each allow consumers to enter their location to find out where they can buy Fair Trade Certified products nearby, and be among the first to populate the map with other Fair Trade Product locations.
Buying Fair Trade Certified items isn’t very hard. These products may cost more, but in purchasing them you can help make a big impact on the lives of thousands of farmers, workers, and their families in 58 developing countries. Please keep those child laborers on the cocoa plantations in mind…
Included in this giveaway is the following:
- 10 oz. of Green Mountain Coffee
- 16 oz of Organic Fair Trade Honey from Wholesome Sweeteners
- 24 oz. of Raw Can Sugar (from Malawi) from Wholesome Sweeteners
- one 3.5 oz Pure 85% Dark Chocolate Bar from Sweet Riot
- 3 mini chocolate bars from Green and Blacks
- An assortment of tea bags from Choice Organic Teas and Sencha Naturals
To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment below, making sure I have your email address in case you are the winner. This giveaway will close on 10/27/11 at midnight (which is just 2 days from now). I’ll choose a winner with the help of random.org on Friday 10/28/11, then I will mail these goodies right out to my lucky reader. US residents only, please. THANKS.