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Fair Trade Chocolate! January 8, 2010

Posted by Umph in World Issues.
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Chocolate. So tasty, and used for so much.

How does chocolate make you feel? Happy, right? And that’s all you care about when you go to eat a Hershey’s bar, or a bag of M&M’s. No problem, there isn’t much more to it, right? Wrong. Have you ever thought about who makes the chocolate you’re eating? Probably not. They should be happy making your chocolate. But unfortunately, some aren’t.

Africa produces nearly 70% of our world’s chocolate. But did you know there is such thing as Fair and Unfair trade? That’s right. See this picture below.

That’s a kid (Just like you and me) working on a Cocoa Farm (That’s where our chocolate comes from). Unfair trade chocolate farms, they abuse their child workers! Poor children there are starved, exhausted, beaten. Their familes pay between $50-$100 for their kids to work on cocoa farms. They come back with little money after hours straight of dangerous, thirsty work. And for what? To be beaten? Accidentally injured on the job? To not even taste the chocolate they make? Not allowed to go to school, the doctor or even have any play time? That’s truly unfair!

Unfair trade chocolate farms also are bad for the enviroment. They destroy LOTS of forest and use harmful chemicals that hurt animals, plants and even the cocoa farmers.

However, there is a brighter side to the situation.

See that kid? He’s working on a fair trade cocoa farm. The workers there may be children, but they are not abused. They are allowed to eat, sleep, play and even go to school. They are payed a decent price for their work. Plus, no harmful chemicals are used and less forest is destoyed.

Did you know that Nestle, Hershey’s and Mars chocolate companies do NOT have fair trade chocolate? That’s awful! Contact Nestle with your opinion. Call CEO Joe Weller at 1-800-225-2270.

OR, send a hand-written letter to: Nestle USA, Joe Weller, Chairman and CEO, 800 N. Brand Blvd; Glendale, CA 91203.

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1. ⌈βrεtt⌋ - January 8, 2010

What the….. Abuse?? I knew children like these worked at these ages in ungrown countries but beaten? And hurting my Earth!! Joe Weller’s gonna get some letters! Does anyone have any brains?? WHy does no one go there and help!!!
Umph Replies: Exactly! It’s awful and in-humane.

2. ⌈βrεtt⌋ - January 9, 2010

To Above- I know right! Jeez, stupid peoples don’t even deserve the name human ’cause they’re still in their ape-mode ’cause they have no feelings! And…

I added you to my blogroll for a reason I don’t know, I just felt like adding you. So could you please add my site to yours.

Thanks, cya!

3. globalfayre - January 9, 2010

Thank you for highlighting the issue of child labor and chocolate.

For anyone interested in finding out more about Fair Trade, we have several great links on our site (www.globalfayre.com) plus I would recommend the following:
http://www.fairtradefederation.org
http://www.transfairUSA.org
http://www.ftrn.org

The last one is the Fair Trade Resource Network, a great educational site on Fair Trade
Umph Replies: Thanks for supporting us with this global issue.

4. xXAliceXx - January 9, 2010

Aww. That really is unfair! Well, I dun like Hershey’s chocolate. I’m sort of glad. But it’s so sad. Child abuse? What is wrong with the world these days v.v
Umph Replies: I’m with you on that one 😥

5. luvurlab6168 - January 9, 2010

Ya, we learned about this in social studies in…hmm, November maybe? It was HORRIBLE! Now, I always look for the Fair Trade symbol on the foods I buy, especially chocolate.

6. shredordie - January 9, 2010

hey emma check out my blog see what i wrote about you.

7. Stephanie - January 10, 2010

Imma call that guy right now. He’s evill!!!

8. Kooki00 - January 10, 2010

Hes gonna get letters! x( THATS ABUSE! Evil heartless corprate buisness man! x[

9. iluvocean - April 19, 2010

SOOOOOOOOOO mean! How’s it even possible to be so heartless! JOE. WELLER.IS. EVIL.

10. dolphinlover98 - May 3, 2010

I feel so sorry for these people. Some times I just wish the world could be fair. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about this kind of thing cause it wouldn’t exist. And this website just makes me even more motivated to help people who have to work in these kind of conditions. I’m hoping to volunteer overseas someday.

11. dlfields - October 18, 2010

Also look for the Fair Trade emblem on coffee and teas.
Whenever possible, try to convert people to Fair Trade brands. This Halloween–if it’s economically feasible–give out Fair Trade chocolates.
My daughter’s class is having a fall party and I’ve been asked to supply cookies. They’re getting Newman-O’s, they’re Fair Trade and tasty too!


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