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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Is your chocolate green?
Every fab and environmentally conscious diva of the twenty first century knows the importance of being fair to all, especially the wonderful farmers who produce yummy things for us to eat like chocolate! Since chocolate should be no exception to the rule of fair trade, I thought I would explain the importance of fair trade for all you dolls who distinctively know that in addition to diamonds, chocolate is a girl's best friend.
So what is fair trade chocolate? In short, fair trade chocolate is chocolate that a fair trade organization looked at and can assure you that it is a product that meets the criteria of trying to make the world a better place.
Fair trade is a concept that basically says products that are labeled fair trade certified products meet standards that promote the following goals:
- They are produced in ways that support eco-friendly practices and sustainable living and farming
- They are farmed by marginalized workers in economically challenged countries. Fair trade organizations look out for these workers by trying to reduce the cut that aggressive middle men take in importing or exporting their goods, and they work with retailers to promote those products.
- The farmers or workers use a certain amount of the profits from their fair trade products to put back into development for their nations and communities.
- The farmers and producers don’t exploit workers or use child labor.
Chocolate companies usually purchase cocoa from farmers at low prices, not allowing them to meet their families’ needs and making them appeal to forced and illegal child workforce. The Fair Trade Chocolate refers to those companies which overcome this fact by obtaining the cocoa at fair prices from the farmers.
Therefore, by purchasing Fair Trade Certified Chocolate, we can help farming families to meet their basic needs, besides helping the environment, as sustainable production methods are required!