Many people give and receive chocolate on Easter. This type of gift is not only delicious, but can show loved ones that you care about them and want to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus by showing that love to them. However, what if the chocolate you buy is, in fact, harmful to people? Much of the chocolate on sale in the United States (and elsewhere) is produced with cocoa beans farmed using slaves on the Ivory Coast of Africa. According to the International Labor Rights Forum, there are 200,000 children enslaved on West African cocoa farms today.
Luckily, there is a way in which we can enjoy this sweet treat this Easter without supporting slavery! We can buy fair trade, which ensures that laborers are payed a living wage for the work that they do, and that children are not exploited. It is a pretty great deal.
Recently, a lot of retailers have started carrying Fair Trade chocolates. So, when you are shopping for Easter, try to look for the fair trade label so you can ethically enjoy your Easter celebration.
In the words of Fair Trade USA, every purchase matters.
Here are a few fair trade chocolate brands that you can keep an eye out for at retailers such as Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and World Market.