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I Ate Hershey's Kisses With Cocoa Farmers in the Ivory Coast

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Kelsey Timmerman

What is the price of chocolate? That is a good question. And it's exactly what I came here to find out.

A Chef Speaks Out For Fair Chocolate

Mary Sue Milliken | Posted 04.16.2014 | Home
Mary Sue Milliken

As consumers, we are directly connected to the farmers that grow the crops we count on and the companies that bring us our favorite products. Each of our actions can affect countless people. While it may seem that we can't change any of this injustice, the fact is we can.

Valrhona Builds School for Local Children in Dominican Republic

Regina Varolli | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Regina Varolli

The new Los Indios School House in Maria Trinidad Sanchez is just one example of Valrhona's growing commitment to corporate social responsibility and supporting local communities.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

Turning a Generation of Consumers Into a Generation of Stewards

Trevor Agatsuma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Trevor Agatsuma

At first I didn't want to see it. I didn't want to be forced to spend more. But after I saw the faces of the children sold into slavery, I moved from being bothered by guilt to being convicted through compassion. So I started to only buy slave-free chocolate whenever I could.

Certified Justice

Dana Geffner | Posted 07.09.2013 | DC
Dana Geffner

In October 2012, when Hershey's announced it would "certify" all its cocoa by 2020, the corporate candy giant received lukewarm applause for finally publically acknowledging its sourcing of cocoa from plantations that exploit child labor.

5 Ways To Ensure Your Halloween Chocolate Is Conflict Free

Posted 10.31.2012 | Impact

As you stock up on sweets for your local trick-or-treaters, make sure no child was put at risk to produce the chocolates you hand out. According t...

How Much Do You Know About Where Your Halloween Candy Comes From?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

My family is breaking up with commercial chocolate, or buying fair trade. I hope you will, too.

Happy Birthday, Chocolate!

Dave Santulli | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Dave Santulli

Chocolate has another magical quality -- it gets people to listen and pay attention. The mere mention of chocolate turns heads and perks up a crowd. Now you are listening, right? Chocolate can also help us tell a story.

Joe Satran

Sales Of Fair Trade Products Explode

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home

These days, companies that sell fair trade-certified food might be doing much better than "fair." Sales of products with Fair Trade USA's seal of app...

Sinfully Good and Cruelty-Free: Vegan Recipes for Valentine's Day (PHOTOS)

Nil Zacharias | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Nil Zacharias

2012-02-10-Screenshot20120210at11.29.55AM.jpg Have your (Valentine's Day) cake and eat it too, while minimizing your negative impact on people, animals and the planet!

WATCH: Why You Should Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

Posted 01.27.2012 | Latino Voices

Ah chocolate. One of life's glorious pleasures. But did you know the chocolate bar you’re eating may have been produced with child slave labor? Yes,...

Candy Politics: The Dark Side Of Chocolate

Menuism | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Menuism

Many chocolate lovers consume and enjoy chocolate without ever thinking about where it comes from or how it was produced. However, there are many issues surrounding the production of chocolate that are important for consumers to be aware of.

Equal Exchange: Worker-Owned Fair Trade Food Company

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 09.15.2011 | Business
Joan Brunwasser

My guest today is Daniel Steinberg, Community Brand Builder at Equal Exchange. Welcome to OpEdNews, Daniel. Can you tell our readers a bit about Equa...

Why "Fair" Trade Is Not The (Whole) Answer

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The idea of "fair" trade is very appealing, whether confronting the plight of autoworkers in Michigan or farmers in the Third World. Unfortunately, it will be only a small part of any trade solution for the U.S. and the world as a whole.

Valentine's Chocolate Please, Hold the Child Labor

Regina Varolli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Regina Varolli

The worst forms of child labor, even children that have been trafficked into slavery, are prevalent in the growing and harvesting of cacao in West Africa.

Eco Etiquette: 10 Wow-'Em Green Gifts Under $25 (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Every purchase comes with its price for the planet, whether it's the natural resources used to create it, the energy expended to manufacture it, the fuel used to ship it, or the waste created when disposing of it (not everything can be recycled forever).

Making All Harry Potter Chocolate Fair Trade

Andrew Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andrew Slack

Chocolate being sold in Harry's name is not fair trade. The fair trade label is the most realistic way that we can know that the cocoa farmers were treated fairly, transparently, and with the chance of upward mobility.

Eco Etiquette: 10 Tips For A Green Halloween

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

With a few simple swaps you can guard the health of the planet and your little ones (and your own, if you're still a kid at heart) without sacrificing a ghoulish good time. Here are my top 10 tips for a green Halloween.

The Case for Informed Citizenship

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Are we, by our own obtuseness, responsible for those who toil in unsafe conditions, who find themselves looking out at a destroyed Gulf of Mexico, who mourn for loved ones buried in an unsafe mine?

To Start an Artisan Food Company, You Don't Always Need a Business Plan (VIDEO)

Liza de Guia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Liza de Guia

This little food story is for all of you home cooks out there who have always wanted to sell that one thing that your friends and family keep asking y...

Buying Chocolate for Valentine's Day? Think Twice!!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lennard Davis

More than half the world's chocolate comes from child laborers in the Ivory Coast and Ghana.

What Does Kraft's Takeover Of Cadbury Mean For Fairtrade Cocoa?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Just last month, Cadbury's CEO urged shareholders to hold tight and go for sustainability because he believed that the company's strong ethical code w...

Chocolate: Truly The Food Of The Gods

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Originally consumed as a hot liquid, either thick or thin, laced through with hot spice and cinnamon, chocolate tasted nothing like the cloyingly sweet candy we call chocolate today.

Be Mine and Be Fair this Valentine's Day

Elizabeth Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Rogers

Almost 40 percent of Valentine's Day gifts involve some sort of candy or chocolate. Yet these gifts, which are meant to convey love and friendship, have this horrifically unlovely and unfriendly story.