"As well as cocoa and coffee we also grow maize, beans, cassava, yams and rice, in order to feed the family. We keep chickens and my husband has sheep. We produce a bit of palm oil and attieke [a cassava based dish] that we sell at the market."

Traore Mariam, pictured top right, is 25 years old and has four children. Her husband is a cocoa farmer of the ECOJOD cooperative in Dalao, Côte d’Ivoire. Traore is typical of many Fairtrade farmers who not only grow crops for cash, but much of their food as well.

Today is World Food Day and we want to bring the issue of food security to light with a focus on family farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”.


Organic Teas at Lore. Apothecary and Reliquary

Last week we rolled out our organic teas at the shop. Handcrafted and tested for perfection, these unique blends are made using 100% organic and fair trade teas and herbs. As always, these blends are inspired by mythology and legend. You can check them out here:


This rad pic of sweet white tea and iced thai tea was taken by @aregina92 for her latest blog post on Arbor Tea and fair trade.

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P.S. those lovely, smiling boys you see above? They’ve got access to school and books thanks to you buying Fairtrade sugar from their families’ cooperative. More on their story later today…stay tuned! Photo taken by Anette C. Kay.

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Conscious consumers can now buy Fairtrade gold. In addition to a fair price, every kilo of gold sends $2,000 towards the community’s schools, clean water, electricity, and health care.

LIKE to celebrate the incredible efforts to bring freedom to the gold industry!

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Fairtrade sweetens the bitter side of Chocolate


This week, Americans will buy 90 MILLION POUNDS of chocolate.

90. million. pounds.

in a week.*

Can’t imagine what’s triggered that…

Chocolate. We love the stuff. First made in Mesoamerica as early as 1900 BC (that’s almost 4,000 years ago!), it was primarily drunk as a frothy potion mixed with spices. It wasn’t until the Spanish added sugar around the 16th century that chocolate as we know it started to develop.

Today, 67% of cocoa production comes from West Africa, with 43% from the country of Côte d’Ivoire alone. Close to 14 million people, in over 30 countries, depend on cocoa production.

Around 90% of the world’s cocoa supply is grown and harvested on family-owned farms of about 12 acres or less. Smaller family farms produce an average of 350 pounds of cocoa per acre in a year’s harvest, generating an average annual income of $30-100 per household member.

Bitter chocolate

Unfortunately, cocoa has a dark side. The production and trading conditions in the cocoa market make it very difficult for producers to earn a living. 

Cocoa farmers are often forced to negotiate with intermediaries who pay only a fraction of the actual value of their crop. As a result, farmers are often paid prices which don’t begin to cover the costs of production. 

Producers also have limited access to information about what is going on in the market or how much their crops are worth, and many cannot get affordable credit.

The difficulty in making a living from cocoa farming has led to an increase in child labor, and even slave labor, in the cocoa trade.


Make chocolate sweeter. When you see this Mark, it means the chocolate adheres to Fairtrade Cocoa Standards:

  • Producers are small family farms organized in co-operatives (or associations), which they own and govern.
  • The minimum guaranteed price is paid directly to the farmers. When the world market price is higher than Fairtrade, the market price is paid to producers.
  • A Fairtrade Premium is included in the purchase price. This premium is used by cooperatives for social and economic investments such as education, health services, processing equipment, and loans to members.
  • Environmental standards restrict the use of agrochemicals and encourage sustainability.
  • Advanced credit, of up to 60% of the purchase price, is given to  cooperatives if requested.
  • No forced labor of any kind, including child labor, is permitted.

Halloween chocolate needn’t be scary. Check out which of our Fairtrade chocolates make special Halloween versions.

*Read for more facts about what we will eat this Halloween


Another beautiful view of Valley of Alta da Boa Vista South Minas- Brazil. The valley elevation varies from 1100 meters to 1400 meters.
All small producers certified fair trade some sensational beans.
Coming to us soon!
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The problem of hunger is rife across the globe, and is closely connected with poverty. On October 16, World Food Day aims to bring this issue to light with a focus this year on family farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”.

Ensuring food security and sovereignty are important issues for many Fairtrade farmers. If small holder farmers are to run effective businesses, they must be able to support themselves and their families. Around three quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most of them depend directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Fairtrade is helping small producer organizations to strengthen their position, take more control over the value chain and become viable businesses. Of our 1,139 producer organizations worldwide, over 86% are small producer organizations.

A study undertaken in Colombia with banana farmers on Fairtrade certified small producer organizations found that 23 percent of farmers had food security constraints. The Fairtrade Premium was essential for improvements in a number of areas including overall income, income stability, and cash flow, all of which contribute to increasing food security.

Learn more about World Food Day on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization website.