The good egg! How to choose ethical Easter Eggs

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Did you know your choice of chocolate egg can impact the lives of children in West Africa? Alison Edler, Food Technologist and North Shore Mum of two, explains how to know whether you’re buying the good egg when you shop for sugary treats. 

Shopping around for Easter eggs may not be your idea of fun, but choosing the right brand can make a huge difference to the life of a child in West Africa. Sadly, child-trafficking and forced labour still occur in cocoa plantations in Cote d’Ivoire. Cocoa production is a labour-intensive process requiring harvesting by hand. Children as young as 8 years old can be taken and forced to work on cocoa plantations, seldom receiving any money, working under dangerous conditions and unable to attend school.

EggI used to assume that the major chocolate manufacturers would be using cocoa that was ‘fairly’ produced. Looking into it further led me to join a global movement to clean up the chocolate industry. Choosing the right brands of Easter eggs will send the message to chocolate manufacturers and retailers that consumers care about the origins of their cocoa and are demanding ethically-produced products. The decisions of consumers can and will make a difference.

So, how can you find the right eggs? Simple! An organisation called ‘Stop the Traffik’ has produced a guide, listing the brands which use ethically certified cocoa. You can also look at the product’s packaging. Any product using Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or Utz certified cocoa (see logos below) pass the test. All of these organisations certify that the cocoa is produced ethically and fairly, without child trafficking. In fact, many go further to include sustainable farming practices and community welfare programs.

If you, like me, have assumed things are ok, please take another look. The chocolate industry needs consumer pressure to drive change. Please join me in sending them a clear message! As well as buying certified Easter eggs (and regular chocolate blocks), you can also take action such as signing petitions and writing to retailers and manufacturers, by using the resources in the links below.

Ethically-produced chocolates are available at all major supermarkets, including Coles, Woolworths, IGA and ALDI, as well as David Jones and Haighs. Click here to see a list of the chocolate you should be looking for!

 

Certified chocolate contains these logos:
UTZCertRainforest Fairtrade

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Trish
    Trish

    Lindsay & Edmunds Handmade Chocolate at Apollo St Warriewood is both Certified Fairtrade and Certified Organic.

    2 April 2017 at 8:59 am

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