Posted on Wed, October 01, 2008 by Jerusha Klemperer
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by Slow Food USA staffer Julia De Martini Day
What will you be eating this Halloween? Is your candy Good, Clean, and Fair?
Slow Food USA has partnered with Global Exchange to spread the word about where our chocolate comes from on Halloween night with Reverse Trick-or-Treating. Last Halloween, thousands of children, students, parents and others gave Fair Trade chocolate BACK to the households who gave them candy while Trick-or-Treating. This year, we hope to reach a quarter of a million households across the country in an effort to further awareness about where our food comes from and how it is produced.
While Fair Trade does not address all hardships faced by farmers abroad, its goals are to provide a better price and support sustainable agricultural development. A good resource for reading more about Fair Trade is on the Fair Trade Federation website.
How Reverse Trick-or-Treating Works: The chocolate is attached to a card with information about social and environmental justice issues in the cocoa industry and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution. When someone gives you candy while trick-or-treating, you simply hand them a chocolate and card back. Reverse Trick-or-Treating chocolate and cards are free. Participants pay only the cost of postage. Visit the Reverse Trick-or-Treating website to request cards and chocolate. The deadline to request cards is October 13.
Slow Food USA has sent notices to all Slow Food USA chapter leaders about participating in this program to distribute fair trade chocolate in their communities on Halloween night, but we have heard some dissent about this program. We pose the question to Slow Food USA members, leaders, and blog readers what are your thoughts about Fair Trade? What has your experience with it been? What are your suggestions for how farmers of chocolate, coffee, and other items can be paid a better price? Please post a comment and get the dialogue going.