I saw a post on Twitter yesterday that today would be “I Love Reese’s” Day. I even bought one to celebrate. I don’t buy chocolate that often and when I do it usually isn’t Hersey’s it is pretty crappy chocolate, I like the good stuff. Still Reese have a special place in my heart. I love peanut butter and the combination is a favorite.
Hersey’s is one of the worst child labor offenders in the coco industry, although it seems plenty of main stream companies are close behind. I was instantly convicted. I have also been reading some Christian themed books on this kind of topic and I really am convinced more and more that in a country like ours where even our poor are richer then most in many 3rd world countries we should be willing to pay that bit more for products that are fair trade if it insures the dignity of others. Would Jesus accept my excuse that the Hersey’s candy was 3 for a $1.00 and the fair trade was a buck for one, or would He just nod in disbelief as He expressed how even children on the ivory coast and elsewhere are worth far much more then a dollar.
The biggest deterant for me sometime in buying Fair Trade or Organic is the price. I have been reading online information about how small groups can buy in mini-bulk (is that really a word, it seems like an oxymoron) if they buy together. Over the last month Christ has really been convicting me and placing the desire in my heart to work to make buying Fair Trade easier cost wise. I am brainstorming how it might be possible to have a co-op kind of deal where family’s could all pitch in for the goods and then we could buy them cheaper. Would anyone be interested in something like that, or have any brainstorming ideas on how we could facilitate that?
Buying fair trade is not only a right choice in human rights but it also make a difference. Ben and Jerry’s, a company that was getting some fair trade ingredient but close to the top in others like cocoa from places using child labor has announced that it will be 100% fair trade by 2013. Which I personally think is great news as I love Ben and Jerry’s! (I had to find some way of ending on a happy note)