Who can say no to Fair Trade, kosher for Passover chocolate? Fair Trade Judaica is generously giving-away chocolate to one lucky reader! Enter to win by March 20, 2015 by writing in the comments section, at the bottom, about why Fair Trade kosher for Passover chocolate is important to you.
You might be wondering, what does “Fair Trade” mean and why should I care about it, especially at Passover? The holiday is an opportunity to re-examine the enslavement of people in our food supply chains. The majority of cacao is grown in West African countries, such as Cameroon, Ghana and Cote d’Ivorie. Hundreds of thousands of children—sometimes as young as five—work in the fields where they are exposed to pesticides and perform strenuous work. Some of these children are enslaved and 40% of them don’t go to school.
Fair Trade grown, harvested and processed products, such as cacao, are done without child labor. The adult workers are paid fair wages and provided good work conditions. It’s a model that provides economic empowerment to individuals and local communities, is more environmentally sustainable and encourages smaller-scale agriculture and food production. This makes final products that are sweeter for both consumer and workers.
Through its “Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor and Fair Trade” campaign, Fair Trade Judaica (FTJ) “is building a fair trade movement in the Jewish community, linking Jewish values of human dignity, self-sufficiency, and environmental sustainability with fair trade standards assuring fair and livable wages, no child labor, healthy and safe working conditions.” Kosher for Passover chocolate is part of the Jewish Fair Trade Partnership with Equal Exchange, in partnership with T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
The FTJ give-away includes three chocolate bars that are:
-Certified kosher for Passover by Rabbi Aaron Alexander (Assoc Dean at Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University)
-Soy and gluten free
Enter by simply writing a comment about what Fair Trade kosher chocolate means to you for Passover, below (US residents only) by March 20, 2015. FTJ will choose a random winner who will receive the package before Passover.
Submissions include permission for their comments to be used publicly. I strongly support the work of FTJ and haven’t received any compensation for this give-away. The product was donated by FTJ.
And whether or not you win, check out FTJ resources to “Fair Trade” your Passover.
Congratulations to the winner, Joanna Arch!