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Dec. 2nd, 2004 @ 07:40 pm Some calls to action: Eye on Human Rights - Fair Trade. Write to GWB, etc....
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Eye on human rights from Care 2 newsletter... Please read

Chocolate and coffee are two of my favorite things, but I
worry about purchasing these products when I hear stories
of the desperate poverty in which so many small cocoa and
coffee farmers live. But there is hope this holiday
season - Fair trade.

Fair trade offers a real solution to the crises of poverty
and child labor - including child slavery - experienced by
many small farmers in the developing world. Trade truly is
a human rights issue, and I hope you'll join me in calling
on major retailers and producers to support Fair Trade
Certified products this holiday season. Thank you for
receiving "Eye on Human Rights" from Care2 and
ThePetitionSite, and please act today.

In this issue:
1. This Holiday Season - Make Trade Fair for Farmers!
2. Urge M&M/Mars to Sell Fair Trade Certified Chocolate

1. This Holiday Season - Make Trade Fair for Farmers!
Petition: http://www.care2.com/go/z/19162

Family farmers around the world are suffering. But we can
solve this problem by changing unfair trade policies. Our
tax dollars supposedly support family farmers. But, in
fact, they're predominantly benefiting a small number of
wealthy, industrial-sized farms.

What's more, large government payouts lead to
overproduction. Crops are dumped onto the world market and
sold for less than the cost of production. That drives
prices down, often making it impossible for family farmers
in developing countries to make a living and feed their

This holiday season, join the tens of thousands of people
who are participating in Oxfam's Fast for a World Harvest
and take a moment to email President Bush. Call on him to
do his part to help end hunger by reforming U.S. farm
policy: http://www.care2.com/go/z/19162

2. Urge M&M/Mars to Sell Fair Trade Certified Chocolate
Petition: http://www.care2.com/go/z/19164

There's nothing sweet about child slavery.

Companies like M&M/Mars, the world's biggest chocolate
company, make huge profits selling chocolate. Their
products are favorites among children around the world.
However, chocolate is no treat for the hundreds of
thousands of child cocoa laborers who work on their poor
families' farms or even as slaves on cocoa farms far
from home.

The U.S. chocolate industry has agreed to work to end
child slavery by 2005, but their plan involves "voluntary
standards" and does not guarantee fair and stable cocoa
prices, which is the only way to end child slavery and
exploitation for good.

The solution? Fair trade. Fair trade guarantees a minimum
price per pound (a living wage), prohibits abusive child
labor and forced labor, requires independent monitoring,
and promotes environmental sustainability. But M&M/Mars
has refused to sell Fair Trade Certified chocolate.

Chocolate lovers everywhere - we have the power to make a
real difference in the lives of poor children in
cocoa-producing nations! Please urge M&M/Mars to do the
right thing, and commit to selling Fair Trade Certified
chocolate: http://www.care2.com/go/z/19164

Thank you for caring today,

- Rebecca,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite team

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