More than 40 percent of the world’s conventional chocolate is non-organic and non-Fair Trade. Most of it comes from the Ivory Coast, where enslaved children work under grueling conditions to line the pockets of executives and shareholders of big commercial chocolate companies, like Hershey’s. And those pretty flowers? The folks at the Pesticide Action Network point out that commercial flowers, produced in Colombia and elsewhere, are the most toxic and heavily sprayed agricultural crops on Earth.
Call to Action:
If you’re planning to treat someone special to chocolate and flowers this week, choose wisely, and your gift could help make the whole world a better place.
To your wellness,
p.s. Visit Organic Consumer’s Association’s Valentine’s Day page for a guide to Valentine’s Day shopping, or to download an OCA Valentine’s Day card and learn more about Fair Trade.