The time has come to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by eating a lot of chocolate, particularly rabbit-shaped chocolate. And while this tradition does speak to us about the empty tomb, new-life, and freedom in Christ, for some who have provided the cocoa to make your Easter eggs, freedom and life worth living is far from their day to day experience.
The abduction and trafficking of children to cocoa production farms is an ongoing injustice. Robbed of the chance to have a childhood, these child labourers toil all day to collect cocoa for their ‘owners’ so that the world can continue its vast chocolate obsession.
Fairtrade helps to make cocoa farming in places like Ivory Coast and Ghana more sustainable by guaranteeing minimum prices and providing a premium to invest in local communities, so that farmers can provide a better future for themselves and their families. This also assists in eradicating child labour as the farmers now have enough income to employ people and not rely on child slavery.
Fairtrade is the only ethical food certification that ensures producers provide a living wage to their employees. This means the workers get paid enough to cover aspects of daily life like food, housing, medical care, education, and saving for life after work.
This has been a slow but successful program, and the more we support Fairtrade products, the quicker we can help in ending child slavery associated with cocoa production.
So this Easter, look for the Fairtrade logo when buying your chocolate.
For more information and Fairtrade see:
For Fairtrade certified Easter eggs see:
Or look in store for the Fairtrade Logo.