Looking for an eco-friendly edible gift this Holiday season? How about organic chocolate!
Rodney North from Equal Exchange wrote an excellent article for the website â€œCooperative Grocerâ€ back in 2005 which has tons of information on buying fair trade chocolate. The article has lots of tips both for the consumer and the retailer. If youâ€™re concerned about where your chocolate comes from and want to make an informed decision about the products you buy, this article is a great place to go to get informed. If you donâ€™t know much about how the fair trade process works, hereâ€™s a brief quote from the article to help you understand a little more:
The core requirements for cocoa to qualify for Fair Trade certification are similar to those in the coffee sector:
â€¢ The cocoa must be produced and exported by democratically organized co-ops of small farmers;
â€¢ The importer must pay a floor price of $1,600 per metric ton (MT) or the world market price, whichever is higher;
â€¢ The importer must pay an additional â€œsocial premium of $200 per MT; and
â€¢ For certified organic cocoa the importer must pay an additional $200 per MT.