DON’T BUY EASTER EGGS TILL YOU HAVE READ THIS
I don’t often get on my soap box but I have no choice I have to write this blog!
Last week I was watching a programme about William Wilberforce, it was part of the BBC’s coverage to commemorate the abolition of the Slave Trade. The programme also covered modern day slavery, we have all heard about the trafficking of young girls brought into this country with the promise of a well paid job, only to find them selves forced into a slavery from which there is no way out. The other slavery it told about was in Africa where political disruption has forced the non-indigenous people to leave therefore leaving the country bereft of a work force for the Cocoa plantations. The people are so poor and unable to keep their children, many of whom are being forced to work in the Cocoa production industry.
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I have grandchildren and I indulge and spoil them all the time and I want to give them Easter Eggs, I went to Sainsbury’s and found they had only one Fair Trade Easter Egg which was plain chocolate not really suitable for a two year old, so I looked on the internet and discovered that the Co-op stocks several types and sizes, when I got there they had sold out but a lovely young man called Kevin went to great lengths to try and locate some for me but all the other Co-ops in the area had sold out, in the end he offered to order in a selection for me and I could go in on Monday and make my choice! What a wonderful young man going beyond the call of duty, well I will let you know what he comes up with next week.
When I was in Sainsbury’s the aisles were piled high with Easter Eggs, masses of them but how had the Cocoa been produced? Who is going to eat these delicious eggs? Yes it will be young children exactly the same in every way as the young children working in enforced labour in the Cocoa Plantations except they are privileged enough to have been born in the West.
The solution to unfair labor practices is FAIR TRADE (denoted by the "Fair Trade Certified" or "Fair Trade Federation" labels). Fair Trade guarantees producers the income they need to send their children to school and pay their workers fair wages, and provides consumers with a trusted guarantee that no forced or abusive child labor was used in the making of their products.
So enjoy your chocolate this Easter, but remember to read the label before you buy.