Valentine's Day is all about flowers and chocolate, it seems. Why not give the delicious and environmentally conscious taste of organic and Fair Trade chocolate?
Certified organic chocolate must be made with organic cacao and processed under organic standards during each step. Certified Organic cacao farmers don’t use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers - the beans aren’t fumigated with methyl bromide (a carcinogen and ozone-depleter) and beans are not mixed with non-organic ones.
Fair Trade means that the cocoa farmers who make the chocolate receive a fair price for their products, so they can pay their workers a salary they deserve. When you buy Fair Trade products, you know that no child or forced labor was used.
Want to know what brands to look for? Then
There are so many different brands to choose from like Dagoba (they sell Fair Trade organic products) - they make a chai chocolate bar and one flavored with lavender.
There's also Equal Exchange (they sell Fair Trade organic products), Divine Chocolate (fair trade), and Shaman Chocolates (organic chocolate that supports the Huichol Indians) - you can get dark chocolate bars with ruby raspberries.
I love Rapunzel (organic), and Ithaca Fine Chocolates (they sell fair trade organic products) - they have Art Bars which are certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, exquisite Swiss chocolate bars that feature an art reproduction on a collectible card inside the wrapper. 10% of profits support art education.
Or you could get Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates (they sell Fair Trade organic products) - buy a bag of their chocolate hearts filled with peanut butter and rice crispies for only $7.
Organic chocolate not only tastes better, but it's better for you and the environment. Look for it at your local health food store or you can order online and have it mailed to your favorite people.