This just in..
Cadbury Dairy Milk has committed to becoming Fair Trade Certified by the end of this summer. Read the entire press release here. Unfortunately, this commitment does not presently include the US market. You can, however, encourage them to add the good ol’ US of A to this effort here.
This is still great news for the global fair trade movement and the deliciously growing selection of fair trade chocolate available to socially-conscious chocolate lovers everywhere. At Mustard Seed, we offer both Divine and Equal Exchange chocolate and cocoa products. We actually have a customer who averages three or more of these bars a week! Her favorite is the Organic Very Dark 71% Cacoa bar.
Limiting chocolate consumption to fair trade certified brands is one of the easiest and most delightful ways to support fair business principles and safe and healthy working conditions for farmers around the world. Insisting on this certification guarantees that by giving into a chocolate craving, you are not supporting child labor and slave-like conditions, a disturbing presence on cocoa bean farms that are not fair trade certified. It may seem unnatural to look for this label, but it is much more responsible (and tasty at that) to be aware of exactly what is going into that Reese’s peanut butter cup or those double chocolate chip cookies and make an informed decision you can feel good about.
Need a place to start? See this list published by Global Exchange of 100% Fair Trade chocolate and cocoa products. And, of course, you’re always welcome to stop by our store for a sweet sample of chocolate deliciousness any time.