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Written by Cafe Campesino on Nov 5, 2009 in Article, NEWSLETTER |

Reverse Trick or Treat

This past weekend, as many as 20,000 groups of children across 47 states and Canada distributed nearly 250,000 Fair Trade chocolates along with informational cards to raise awareness to the plight of inhumane work conditions that still exist in some cocoa producing regions of this world.  Many of the workers forced into brutal hours in the field with little or no pay are children whose labors are very simply for the sake of heartless corporate profit.  Now in its third year, the “reverse trick or treating” campaign aims to get consumers to consider the source of their goods.  (Note: the United States consumes about half of the world’s chocolate:  2.8 billion pounds annually)  Fair trade chocolate not only commands higher prices for the farmers but its certification as such demands environmentally friendly practices and humane work conditions.  A sweet move towards fairness!

Cafe Campesino is proud to offer Divine fair trade chocolate (from the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union in Ghana) that has our very own fair trade, organic espresso beans ground and mixed into the “candy bars”.  Our friends at Koinonia Farm (‘hey Geneva and the bakery crew’) work their magic in the candy room to create these outstanding treats. Fair trade and delicious.  If you’d like to try this product, click here to order.

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