Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
How is it that in 2012 we can buy dolphin-free tuna but not child-free chocolate? Join the Fair Trade Burlington Network and the Peace and Justice Center on Sept. 29 from 4-6 pm in Contois Auditorium in Burlington for the 3rd Annual Forum on Fair Trade Business. The focus will be on the issue of abusive labor, especially child slave labor, in the cocoa industry, and the challenges of sourcing ethical cocoa for making those delicious chocolate treats we all enjoy.
“We are so excited about the Forum on Fair Trade Business because this year is all about Chocolate!” said Melinda Haselton, co-founder of the Fair Trade Burlington Network and Shelburne resident. “There are a lot of great companies that make delicious chocolate that is also ethically sourced. It’s the best of both worlds.”
The event will include a panel discussion with questions and answers, free samples, vendors, displays, and more. Meet businesses, organizations, and individuals committed to changing this unjust system. The goal is to start a conversation and work together to find solutions.
“On September 29, look out for someone in a fair trade banana suit on Church St.,” Haselton said. “He will show you the way to our event where you can sample tasty treats. Somehow, chocolate that is made without child labor just tastes sweeter if you ask me.” For more information, contact Haselton at (802) 881-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.