April 13, 2021

The promise Mars, Nestlé, and Hershey won’t make

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By Katrina French From Freedom United Mars, Nestlé, and Hershey Won’t Promise Chocolate is Free from Child Labor – The Washington Post The world’s largest chocolate companies promised to eradicate child labor from their supply chains 20 years ago. But today, these same companies say they cannot guarantee that the chocolate you buy is free […]

Dengue outbreak in Ivory Coast continues to increase, according to the World Health Organization

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By Alex Murtha From Homeland Preparedness News An outbreak of dengue fever first identified in May continues to affect multiple regions in the Ivory Coast, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The first cases of the outbreak were reported to public health authorities on April 22 and were confirmed by […]

Increasingly popular shea butter comes from some of the world’s poorest communities

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From Business Insider The fruit of the shea tree has long been considered sacred by many in Western Africa because of its myriad health benefits. But now growing demand among Western consumers for the fruit, known as “women’s gold” by those who harvest it, is helping improve lives in some of the world’s poorest communities. […]

Fair trade and slave free: the only chocolate for your Valentine

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By Kristina Chew From Care2 Buying one of love’s emblematic tokens — chocolate — has gotten rather complicated and for good reason. Scratch the surface of how chocolate is produced and you’ll soon discover that a shocking amount of global cocoa production is done by children who, unpaid and held captive in plantations, are in […]