Find chocolate with a conscience

Alter Eco's Fair Trade Dark Quinoa chocolate barThe bright red cards and red boxes of candy promoting Valentine’s Day romance are everywhere.

But there’s a dark secret underlying this fun holiday that’s beginning to see daylight.

Much of the chocolate sold by major chocolate manufacturers is produced through child trafficking and slave labor, working mostly under horrendous conditions for extremely poor wages.

To learn more about who’s involved and what actions have been taken so far, see http://bit.ly/yQ5ocS.

5 ways to go Fair Trade for Thanksgiving

Posted by permission this post was written by Alisa Gravitz of Green America

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important to recognize that making small changes in our purchasing habits can make a profound difference.  (the editor)

When I was kid, my favorite Thanksgiving blessing was the one that ended, “and bless all those whose hands made and grew this food so that we could enjoy this day in celebration of our blessings.” I would picture all the people around the world who had a hand in setting our table.

This Thanksgiving, many will take that same moment to consider all the human connections involved in assembling such a meal. Maybe your cranberries, or potatoes, or turkey came from a farmer you know at your local market, or maybe you traveled to a locally owned pumpkin patch to pick the perfect main ingredient for your pie.

For other ingredients that aren’t so easy to find locally, there are often Fair Trade options that you can choose, to create a world where everyone, everywhere can have a fair deal. The Fair Trade premium associated with these products helps producers build a better life for their families and communities.

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