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Organic & Fair-Trade

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Consistent with our goals for our products to have a positive societal impact (see Our Mission) and to help you have an adventurous & healthy life (see About Us), Travel Chocolate ™ LLC’s products are organic certified and fair trade certified.

 

Organics

 

Organic foods are produced according to certain production standards. For crops, (including cocoa beans) it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives.

 

As we at Travel Chocolate ™ have determined that you would probably prefer to avoid eating food with, as noted above “conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge”, we went through the steps to become a certified organic company by the USDA.

 

Fair Trade

 

The harvesting of cocoa has a notorious reputation for child slavery. In the Ivory Coast, Africa “young boys whose ages range from 12 to 16 have been sold into slave labor and are forced to work in cocoa farms in order to harvest the beans, from which chocolate is made, under inhumane conditions and extreme abuse.” (http://www.american.edu/TED/chocolate-slave.htm).

 

As we at Travel Chocolate ™ LLC believe we should do our best to stop these abusive practices, we embrace Fair Trade. So what is Fair Trade?

A good definition of Fair Trade starts with a summary of a quote featured in Jacqueline DeCarlo’s book, Fair Trade, A Beginners’ Guide, as follows:

 

Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers. In order to obtain fair trade certification from reputable agencies, cocoa producers must:

  1. not use child labor,
  2. not expose workers to harmful pesticides (consistent with organic)
  3. not use forced overtime
  4. pay a fair wage.

As we think these are important goals, Travel Chocolate ™ LLC went through the steps to become fair trade certified by TransFair.

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