When you choose chocolate with the fair trade seal, you make a difference for cocoa farmers, their families and communities.
Do you love chocolate? It’s a special treat…or maybe an everyday treat! The magical bean that makes chocolate taste amazing is cocoa, which is mainly grown in West Africa.
Life is tough for cocoa farmers. Although demand has been high, the price of cocoa beans has fallen in recent years. Cocoa trees are being damaged by climate change and young people are abandoning their family farms and instead seeking their fortunes in cities.
When you choose fair trade chocolate, you’re working to help make cocoa farming more sustainable. Did you know that child labor is a huge issue on cocoa farms? The rigorous Fairtrade Standards ban child labor as well as forced labor. Farmers and workers are paid a fair price, which allows them to grow their crops in a way that helps their communities.
The next time you want to treat yourself, bake something delicious or beef up your antioxidant intake, choose fair trade chocolate. Most grocery stores carry at least one of the brands below – or you can find them online.