Askinosie Chocolate "practices Direct Trade with their cocoa farmer partners, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans." They are "dedicated not just to making the best quality chocolate you can buy, but to making it in such a way that the more you learn about it, the better you feel about it." They offer award-winning, high quality chocolate bars, cocoa powder, sipping chocolate, chocolate spread and baking chocolate online. Click here for retail locations.
Chocolate. Everyone's favorite indulgence. But would it still taste quite so delicious, if you knew the cacoa beans used in your favorite chocolate bar were harvested using child slaves? Three excellent documentaries have been released in recent years highlighting the problems with child trafficking and child labor in the cocoa bean fields in West Africa, where two-thirds of the world's cocoa is produced. BBC's Chocolate: The Bitter Truth, CNN's Cocoa-nomics and The Dark Side of Chocolate are all well worth taking the time to watch. I guarantee you will never look at chocolate the same way again. Chances are high that the chocolate you are eating contains cocoa from the Ivory Coast or Ghana. But, there is good news. Due to boycotts, lobbying and pressure brought on by the documentaries mentioned above, the major U.S. chocolate companies are slowly starting to do something about the problem. And the Fair Trade chocolate co-ops are several steps ahead of them. Fair Trade cocoa is bought from farmer co-ops, with a set price for cocoa that is slightly higher than the market. The co-ops are also given a subsidy to invest in schools, wells and better farming equipment for the community. Fair Trade chocolate is often available in organic specialty stores or the organic section of your local grocery store. Click here for a list of how different chocolate companies stack up on ethical cocoa sourcing. Click here for a list of Slave Free Chocolate options. Or you can buy chocolate through the links below to go even beyond fair trade and help make a genuine difference in the lives of cocoa farmers and their children.
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Rise (the name is inspired by Ezra 10:4) offers Direct Trade 70% Dark Organic Cocoa bars. "Farm-to-table chocolate empowers rural Haitian families with social and environmental responsibility and sustainability."
They even have yummy flavor options including: dark chocolate, peanut moringa, cinnamon cayenne, lemon ginger, and orange crunch.
Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell Divine chocolate (learn more about Divine here). Divine's Cocoa Cooperative was started by and is owned by farmers in Ghana, one of the countries with issues with child trafficking. So your purchase helps make a much needed difference in that country and also helps support Serrv's excellent mission. (Divine Chocolate is also offered in many organic and fair trade stores all across the U.S.--my favorite is caramel :)