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National Call to Action to demand Hersey’s receives Fair Trade certification!

To continue our spotlight on Cadbury for coming out with a Fair Trade Chocolate bar (that should be out sometime this summer! Yummy) for the U.K., Green America along with a couple powerful alibi’s announced June 23rd as a  “National Day for Action”  to demand Hersey’s jumps onboard the Fair Trade boat.

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 This call will request Hersey’s Foods Corporation – one of the largest chocolate produceres in the United States and most famour for their chocolate “kisses” – abides by third party Fair Trade certification of all cocoa farms they source from. This would ensure no abusive labor practices are used, such as child labor or bonded slavery.

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*Child laborers carry baskets of cocoa on their heads

In other words, this call will ensure Hersey’s “kisses” care as much for those who produce them as those who consume them.

With partners such as the International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF), the Organic Consumer’s Association, and Global Exchange, Green America provided numbers of Hersey’s officials and even a script, so that anyone can be a labor vigilante by just picking up the phone! It only takes two minutes.

So while June 23rd has come and gone, this National Call to Action is alive and well until Hersey’s makes a move. So make the call today! Let’s work together to make Hersey’s kisses something we can enjoy from a moral and ethical standpoint as well!

Make Valentine’s Chocolates Sweet Again: Purchase Fair Trade!

Valentine’s Day is also the 4th largest holiday for giving candy in the U.S. (38% of households give or receive chocolate during this holiday). So this year, think of not only your loved ones, but the poor children who are forced to labor for low wages, with deadly pesticides and machetes; and consider Fair Trade chocolate.

The most powerful chocolate corporations in the world all use Child Laborers and refuse to get Fair Trade certified. If consumers refused to buy chocolate that was not Fair Trade, these companies would have to agree in order to make profits. Therefore, it is in the consumer’s best interest to purchase Fair Trade chocolate.  Not only that, but it is really easy to find! Here are some of my favorite fair trade Valentines’ chocolate, but you could definitely find your own!

1.) Divine Chocolate is the most powerful Fair Trade chocolate company today, but only shares 1% of the 13 billion dollar sales of chocolate a year in the United States. Let’s increase this percentage!

Divine Valentine's Chocolates, Now available at Whole Foods and independent retailer's nationwide

Divine Valentine's Chocolates, Now available at Whole Foods and independent retailer's nationwide, see website for purchasing details.

2.) Fair Trade AND Vegan Valentine Chocolates? I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! Vegan Valentine Chocolates has everything from Truffles, chocolate gift baskets, to organic perfumes and it’s all Fair Trade! So check out their website and taste this delicious dessert for yourself!

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Above see "Fair Trade Vegan Organic Nuts and Chews" Chocolates, my personal favorite! http://www.garudainternational.com/5sjnutschews3.jpg

3.) Some more of the most popular Fair Trade chocolate companies include Tazo Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Kate’s Caring Gifts: Organic and Vegan Chocolates!

So check it out and get your own Vegan/Organic/Fair Trade chocolates to support the workers without power, and show those corporations who holds the power.