Friday, September 26, 2014

Making Chocolate "Fair"

Project Hope & Fairness (PH&F) makes chocolate even tastier.  “We are a volunteer organization based in San Luis Obispo, California, that was created to assist African cocoa farmers who suffer disproportionately from the inequities in the world cocoa trade with particular focus on the participation of chocolate producers and consumers in the United States,” explains the nonprofit’s website.  

Here’s why the group was formed (from the website):

  • More than 75% of chocolate consumed in the United States comes from 600,000 cocoa farms in Ivory Coast.
  • That U.S. consumers eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate annually, representing nearly half the world's supply.
  • 60% of Ivorian children of cocoa farmers receive no education at all.
  • Large chocolate companies who control most of the American market are not doing enough, and by buying Fair Trade you are bypassing conventional systems of exploitation to the benefit of impoverished cocoa farmers and their villages.

PH&F works to provide in-kind grants, mirco-enterprise, community development and educational tours. 

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