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Fairtrade Fortnight: An Open Letter to Whittaker’s

May 9th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Jocelyn is famous at West for her letter-writing.

When we spent a service in 2008 writing to Members of Parliament, in support the Millenium Development Goals, Jocelyn went home and wrote to eight more MPs, and got responses from them, too!

Well, she’s done it again, and we’re putting her letter on the blog so you can take her lead.

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight (see the previous post for details), so Jocelyn’s latest letter is to Whittaker’s, the chocolate company, who source their cocoa from West Africa, where many growers work in slave-like conditions, and many small farmers are forced to sell their cocoa for less than it costs to grow it:

To Andrew and Brian Whittaker

Recently I have become interested in the Fair Trade ideals and was delighted to find that your Creamy Milk chocolate has the Fairtrade logo on it. I immediately bought a bar! The thought that there is no slave labour involved makes the chocolate taste really wonderful!

What I was disappointed about though was that the flavours I really like (Macadamia and the orange flavoured bar) were not Fairtrade. That set me wondering why not.

Please do something to make your other chocolate bars Fairtrade.

Is there any reason (other than making money) why all your chocolate can’t be Fairtrade?

I am interested in your comments.

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