Chocolate and Cocoa

Chocolate that helps the environmentChocolate is good anytime. But it's particularly delicious when the cocoa it comes from is produced organically, on small farms that grow cocoa trees in the shade to keep rainforests intact and reduce pesticide use.

Even better is organic cocoa that is also produced according to Fair Trade principles, ensuring that farmers are paid a decent wage for their work and no child labor is involved. In countries like Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa, children are being used like slaves to produce cocoa, with profits going to fund the country's civil war.

Online, at natural foods stores and food coops, and increasingly at local grocery stores, you can find organic, fair trade cocoa and chocolate. Here's what to look for:

* Dagoba

* Divine Milk Chocolate

* Endangered Species Organic Chocolate

* Equal Exchange

* Green & Black's

* Theo

Green and Black Organic ChocolateNOTE: Russell Stover and Dove are both selling organic chocolates at the mall, Sam's Club and drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. But their products are not also fair trade. Contact them at the number below to urge them to source their cocoa from estates that don't use children as slave laborers:

Russell Stover: 1-800-777-4028

Dove: 1-800-551-0704

 

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