Sure Valentines Day is swell. But now-a-days chocolate and flowers come with a price. A price to the environment (pesticides) and the horrible price paid by the young children who basically work as slaves on the chocolate ‘farms.’
The wonderful people at the Organic Consumers Association have made a list (and I’m sure they’ve checked it twice) of sound places to purchase flowers and chocolates for your sweetie. Or maybe buy some flowers for yourself, you deserve it!
But why don’t you consider a truly sustainable Valentines gift? How about making a donation to the Organic Consumers Association in lieu of flowers or chocolates? Your loved one will know you’re a most caring person after all. Love, Elizabeth Fiend
Valentine’s Day Break the Chains of Toxic Pesticides and Farm Worker Exploitation
Source: Organic Consumer Association
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Valentines Day marks the biggest shopping day of the year, when it comes to chocolate and flowers. But did you know that by purchasing organic and Fair Trade chocolate and flowers (see our buying guide below), your consumer dollars will no longer be going towards toxic pesticides, child slavery, and farm worker exploitation?
Over 40 percent of the world’s conventional chocolate (i.e. non-organic and non-Fair Trade) comes from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), where the International Labor Organization (ILO) and US State Department have reported widespread instances of child slavery. Exploitation of cacao farmers and farm workers is the global norm in the chocolate industry, rather than the exception.
Meanwhile, organizations such as the Pesticide Action Network point out that commercial flowers, produced in countries such as Colombia, are the most toxic and heavily sprayed agricultural crops on Earth. Fortunately, since OCA first launched it’s Valentines alerts several years ago, half of Colombia’s flower acreage has become Florverde Certified (which requires better treatment of workers and more sustainable farming practices). Taking a step beyond that, there are an increasing number of retailers across the U.S. who are providing organic flowers.
This Valentine’s Day, join with the Organic Consumers Association and our allies around the world to put your money where your values lie and to show your loved ones that you truly care. Please break the chains of industrial agriculture and corporate globalization by choosing Fair Trade and organic flowers and chocolate for your Valentine’s Day gifts.
Check out the Green Valentines Buying Guide…