WHEAT’s Fair Trade Store only carries Fair Trade Certified Chocolate. After years of taste testing, (it’s a tough job, we know!) we think the best is from Equal Exchange. Stop by and pick up a bar or two ~ we think you’ll agree!
THE CHOCOLATE FACTS
Chocolate. Milk or dark with Cornish sea salt? Behind every luscious chocolate bar and treat we devour throughout the year, there are six million people globally who depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fair Trade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.
- Most cocoa farmers live on less than a $1 a day. Poverty, and its many related issues, such as child labor, is the key challenge faced by cocoa growing communities. With Fair Trade sales, farmers are improving the quality and productivity of their farms, to increase incomes.
- 25% of all Fair Trade cocoa growers are women. Women cocoa farmers in Côte D’Ivoire face many challenges and are taking charge of their own futures.
- Education is key to the future of cocoa communities. Fair Trade Africa currently trains cocoa farmers in financial management, governance, good agricultural practices, gender and child labor. This will form part of the Fair Trade West Africa Cocoa Program, being implemented over a period from 2015 to 2020.
CHOCOLATE & COCOA
Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. We source from these small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.
At Equal Exchange the workers all walk around like they own the place. That’s because they all do! The co-op has over 100 worker-owners, each with an equal stake – and an equal vote – in the business.