Fair-trade chocolate is sweeter for everyone involved
By Mila Hector - Staff Reporter
That sweet chocolate you're taking a bite into might leave a bitter taste after you read this.
Tracy Brigham and her class held an information booth on fair trade chocolate in front of the Highline bookstore last week.
Fair trade chocolate "uses less pesticides," a lot of them are organic, and "is made completely slave free," said Highline student Quinn Ketcherside.
Now, how does this differ from some big-name candy companies?
"A lot of big companies purchase the beans from places like Ivory Coast, where they use children and slaves to harvest all of the beans," said Ketcherside.
Both adults and adolescents work close to no wages in harsh working environments to sustain the lives of themselves and their families.
Why buy fair trade chocolate? Buying fair trade chocolate "may be a little bit more expensive, but ultimately it is for a good cause," Ketcherside said.
One way fair trade chocolate contributes to a good cause, is by "raising awareness that there is still slavery," she said.
Not only will buying fairly traded chocolate help with raising awareness, but "if a lot of people buy less of slave harvested chocolate, the number decreases in slavery," she said.
Fairly traded chocolate may not be as hard to find as you think.
All you have to do is keep an eye out for the Fair-Trade label, or read if the packaging states Fairly Traded.
Some places where you can get these types of chocolates are: Trader Joe's, Theo Chocolate (located in Seattle), Marlene's Market, Target, Walmart, or our very own Highline book- store.