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Chocolate debate

Halloween is the sweetest day of the year for most kids. But while we gobble up treats, the burden falls on children in West Africa, which exports 43 percent of the world's chocolate. Almost half of Ivory Coast cocoa farmers' kids never go to school because their families need to put them to work. Thankfully, companies like Dagoba, Equal Exchange, and Endangered Species Chocolate source ethically traded cocoa from small farmers who put profits back into their schools and communities. Better yet, they each sell individual pieces perfect for handing out on October 31. Global Exchange also makes a Fair Trade Trick-or-Treat Action Kit with dark chocolate minis, handmade paper decorations, and postcards full of information that will scare some sense into those little goblins -- and their parents.

Published: 02-10-2007

Published By: Rosie

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