7 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

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Mmmm, chocolate. The very word can lift our spirits. Not only is chocolate one of the richest and most distinctive flavors in the world, it offers up some impressive health benefits as well. In fact, many Americans indulge in this beloved confection every day─which is why we should be aware of the dark side of chocolate production. Here are 7 very compelling reasons to buy fair trade chocolate:
7 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Chocolate
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5 Common Questions About Fair Trade

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If you’ve followed our fair trade series this month, you should be rather familiar with the subject by now. If you’re just tuning in, however, the following information can provide a quick, handy foundation to build upon.

5 Common Questions About Fair Trade
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Why Should Kids Learn About Fair Trade?

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Why Should Kids Learn About Fair TradeMany people feel that we as humans are a global community, and should work together to protect the earth, rather than exploiting our natural resources─and they share these ideas with their children. For example, eco-conscious parents often teach their kids about recycling at a young age, and why it’s important. Or how living “green” on a daily basis can help make the world a better place. Some parents even take their children to visit other countries to observe firsthand that not all families live as we do in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the Difference Between Fair Trade and Free Trade?

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“Fair Trade makes globalization and ‘free trade’ work for the poor.” ~ TransFair USA, 2005 Shareholder Report

What's the Difference Between Fair Trade and Free Trade?

As we learn more about the concept of fair trade, there may be some potential confusion between the terms fair trade and free trade. While these are two separate business approaches, free trade and fair trade do share some common goals. Both emphasize, for example, the need to assist producers and workers in obtaining access to the global market. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Does Fair Trade Help Women?

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Fair Trade Helps WomenIf you’ve been reading our fair trade series, you know that this socially equitable marketing system essentially helps everyone concerned─including our fragile planet. However women are, in many cases, special beneficiaries.

Would you believe that in some regions, women provide 70% of the agricultural labor, produce more than 90% of the food, but earn just 10% of the income and own a mere 1% of the property? In many parts of the world, women’s property rights have been controlled by social norms─and even government regulations─impeding their economic status and overall opportunities. Fair trade is an important vehicle to help women help themselves by: Read the rest of this entry »

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Fair Trade Valentine Gift Ideas

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“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Fair Trade Valentine Gift Ideas

As Valentine’s Day approaches, are you considering a gift for someone special? Celebrating your love for others─including sweethearts, parents, siblings, kids, and pets─is both heart expanding and wellness boosting. You can make your gift even more meaningful by choosing fair trade. In doing so, you’re not only treating your loved ones, you’re also supporting social justice, empowering communities across the globe, and encouraging healthy environmental practices. For example: Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding Fair Trade

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Many Americans are hearing more about fair trade these days, which is fortunate, given the tremendous benefits this system offers to people and planet. Fair trade is both an organized social movement and a market-based approach that aims to create better trading conditions for producers in developing countries.

Fair Trade Worker Collecting Coffee Beans

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Is Love Fair? It is with Organic, Fair-Trade Chocolate!

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We’ve tasted a lot of chocolate here at Mambo, and there’s definitely something sweeter about organic, fair-trade chocolate. Maybe it’s something magical about the love hidden away in that chocolate – love for our bodies protected from dangerous pesticides… love for the planet… love for the cocoa bean farmers who were paid fairly and treated with dignity. Here are 3 reasons to LOVE organic, fair-trade chocolate.

Show Some Love for Your Health:

You know that organic is healthier. But aren’t sweets like chocolate already unhealthy? What difference does it make if it’s organic? Hey, trust us – it makes a huge difference! Many pesticides are used on non-organic cocoa beans. Hydrogen Cyanide? Methyl Bromide? These horrific chemical concoctions make our heads spin! The chance of ingesting even a trace of any of these dangerous chemicals makes conventional chocolate look totally unappealing to us – and that’s saying something. (Hey, we do love our chocolate!) Organic chocolate, on the other hand, is completely pesticide-free – so we can indulge, worry-free!

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