Fair deal chocolate
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CTA. 1994. Fair deal chocolate. Spore 52. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Maya Gold chocolate, named after the Belize Indian farmers who harvest it, is being sold at some retail outlets in the UK. It is a product which carries the Fairtrade Mark, signifying approval by Oxfam, Christian Aid, Cafod and the World...
Maya Gold chocolate, named after the Belize Indian farmers who harvest it, is being sold at some retail outlets in the UK. It is a product which carries the Fairtrade Mark, signifying approval by Oxfam, Christian Aid, Cafod and the World Development Movement. Farmers in San Jose in Belize were forced to abandon their trees when the price of cocoa plunged by more than 50% to 22p a pound. However, a deal with a chocolate manufacturer in the UK, who has been approved by the Fairtrade Foundation, has enabled the farmers to be paid 48p a pound and given a three-year guarantee to buy all the cocoa they can produce. The aim of the Fairtrade Foundation is to help low-paid workers and producers in the Third World by encouraging and stimulating industries and consumers in developed countries to support 'fairly traded' products. This helps to ensure that producers receive a reasonable price and guaranteed contracts. Workers' rights, health and safety are also safeguarded: protected for example, by prohibiting the use of hazardous pesticides. The Fairtrade Mark is only granted to manufacturers who meet the stringent criteria laid down by the Fairtrade Foundation. The Fairtrade foundation 105 Euston Street London NW1 2ED, UK