Article: Make Easter Egg-stra Special with Fair Trade!

Written by Cafe Campesino on Mar 1, 2004 in Article, NEWSLETTER |
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As Easter approaches, Global Exchange urges us to consider buying Fair Trade chocolate. As with coffee, Fair Trade certification for chocolate ensures that cocoa farmers are paid a fair price for their crop and that no forced labor is used in its production. So, when filling Easter baskets for the kids or buying chocolate goodies for friends and family, look for Fair Trade certified products. You’ll find a fairly complete online source list at www.globalexchange.org/cocoa. You can also purchase chocolate eggs and coins directly from Divine Chocolate’s website (www.serrv.org/divine).

One group that’s taking on Fair Trade chocolate advocacy this Easter season is United Students for Fair Trade (profiled in the May 2003 issue of Fair Grounds). The collaboration of student Fair Trade initiatives working towards social and ecological justice through the promotion of Fair Trade is organizing their second annual Fair Trade Chocolate fundraiser. Students can use the fundraised money to support their campus activities. The organizers see it as a great way to spread the word to student bodies that Fair Trade is not only about coffee, but is an alternative trade model involving many commodities.

Last spring, schools participating in USFT’s Fair Trade chocolate fundraiser sold over $10,000 worth of chocolate. The winning school receives a $250 prize to buy Fair Trade Crafts from Serrv International (www.serrv.org). Campuses will have one month — this year in April — to sell the most chocolate. The winner will be announced on May 2nd. For more information, visit www.usft.org.

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