FAIR TRADE AND ORGANIC EASTER TREATS
When it comes to chocolate, most of us aren’t really thinking about where it came from. But here’s the truth—a large number of companies use child labor to collect and process the cocoa beans that are needed for our beloved chocolate. It’s back-breaking work, and some children start at the young age of 12. The pay is horrible, and slavery plays an unfortunate part in this industry (3).
A Fair Trade certified label means that child labor was not used in the production of your chocolate. Certified farmers are guaranteed a fair trade price for their cocoa beans. GreenAmerica keeps a scorecard with certifications by brand of chocolate. See if your favorite brand gets an A.
Aside from Fair Trade chocolate, conventional Easter candy contains loads of artificial dyes and flavor additives. The brands below use minimal, simple, natural ingredients in their candy.