People around the world share a love of chocolate, one of the most delicious and pleasurable foods on earth. However, thousands of children in West Africa, especially Cote d'Ivoire, are forced to labor in the production of cocoa, the primary ingredient in chocolate. These child workers labor for long, punishing hours, using dangerous tools and facing frequent exposure to dangerous pesticides as they travel great distances in the grueling heat. Those who labor as slaves must also suffer frequent beatings and other cruel treatment.
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Starbucks Coffee Company, the world's largest coffee store chain, said it will double its coffee purchases in East Africa by 2009.
The Seattle-based company purchases, roasts and markets whole bean coffee and a variety of pastries and confections from its 13,000 coffee houses in 39 countries around the world. In 2006, Starbucks purchased 294 million pounds of coffee globally, with 6 percent sourced from Africa.
Starbucks said it will also set up a new Farmer Support Center in East Africa, following the success of the first Farmer Support Center in Costa Rica. The Read more
A campaign by Ethiopia to get a fair price for its coffee - some of the world's finest - kicks off in London today as a spokesman for the east African country's impoverished coffee growers meets Tony Blair.
The meeting will be accompanied by a screening of the film Black Gold - a movie on the global coffee industry - to MPs at Westminster, who will also be addressed by the Ethiopian ambassador to Britain.
The spokesman, Tadesse Meskela, who is the subject of Black Gold, together with the film's English makers, brothers Nick and Marc Francis, are a serious irritant Read more
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Web Note: Despite dairy industry misinformation (see quotes below at end of article), milk from dairy cows injected with Monsanto's controversial genetically engineered hormone, recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (or Posilac) contains significantly higher levels of a potent cancer tumor promoter, called IGF-1, that increases human risks for cancer. This is one of the main reasons why rBGH is banned in nearly every industrialized country in the world, except for the US. Bovine Growth Hormone is also banned worldwide on organic dairy farms. -- Ronnie Cummins Read more
At your local health food store, you can find fair trade products such as chocolate, coffee, and fruits. International fair trade in these commodities has been invaluable in building strong and prospering communities where workers are treated with dignity and respect, and are paid a fair wage that allows them to raise families in a safe and healthy environment. Consumers across the world are embracing fair trade products—in 2005 alone, retail values for fair trade products globally were $1.5 billion.
But fair trade principles should not be limited to products bought overseas. Read more
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WASHINGTON - November 29 - International aid agency Oxfam welcomed Tuesday's meeting between Starbucks CEO Jim Donald and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, but urged the international coffee giant to stop dragging its feet before the holidays, and instead recognize Ethiopia's ownership Read more
EDWARDS — All great missionary endeavors begin with a road trip.
And so it came to pass that Kyle Cureau and Jess Arnsteen climbed into a truck and drove through Mexico to Guatemala to visit coffee farmers. Now they’re helping launch an organization that will import organic coffee directly from some of those farmers.
The farmers will earn more for their crops while American coffee drinkers sip for about the same cost, or less. Everyone wins, especially the farmers who labor in some of the Third World’s most desperate conditions, Cureau said.
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National Lawyers Guild Condemns Starbucks Over Unlawful Termination of Union Co-Founder Daniel Gross
NLG Supports Boycott of Starbucks Until All Fired Union Members Are Reinstated
NEW YORK - August 15 - The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) strongly condemns Starbucks' retaliatory firing of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer and NLG member Daniel Gross. Mr. Gross was Read more
OCA Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Ã The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is deeply disappointed that Starbucks continues to drag its heels on a five-year-old commitment to offer consumers an alternative to milk and dairy products derived from cows injected with Monsanto's controversial recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Furthermore OCA is outraged that company staff in at least one Starbucks location in Washington, DC threw numerous signed letters against rBGH from paying customers into the trash when these customers attempted to give them to the manager.
The genetically engineered Read more
Food and Water Watch
WASHINGTON - June 20 - Local and national groups across the country this week will take the following message to the streets in front of Starbucks locations in 23 cities: Stop serving hormone-laden milk to your customers. Their efforts are part of a national campaign, coordinated by the consumer group Food & Water Watch, which since March has been urging the Seattle-based coffee leader to stop buying milk made with artificial growth hormones.
Citing evidence of harm to dairy cows and questions about human health impacts, 30 groups will hand out flyers in cities ranging from Read more