Americans spend $13 billion on cocoa products every year, but the families who are working hard to grow that cocoa earn a fraction of the price they deserve. Make a commitment in October, which is Fair Trade month, to start buying cocoa products that are as good for the earth and for cocoa farmers as they are delicious.
We recommend Organic Hot Cocoa Mix from Equal Exchange. The cocoa for this yummy mix comes from CONACADO Cocoa Coop, a group of 9,000 small-scale farmers in the Dominican Republic who grow crops with shade-farming and chemical-free methods.
Happiness is a mug of steaming hot, organic, Fair Trade cocoa on a cold autumn day.
Story by Tobin Hack. This article originally appeared in Plenty in October 2007. This story was added to MNN.com in October 2009.