Encourage Clif Bar to raise the bar on child slavery!

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  • As vegans, we must consider not only how our food choices affect nonhuman animals, but how they affect people too!  Please help our friends at Food Empowerment Project to eliminate child slavery by signing this petition. Petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/229/288/148/ Plantations in Ghana and the Ivory Coast together supply 70 percent of the world's cocoa. For years, these farms have used child slaves, who work 12 hours a day. They cut cocoa pods from trees with heavy machetes, slice the pods open, scoop out the beans, and put them in the sun to dry. Then they stuff the beans into bags and load them onto trucks bound for the United States and Europe. Children are not paid, they are cut off from their families, and when they don’t work fast enough, they are beaten. Learn more about Food Empowerment Project and their amazing work here: http://foodispower.org/takeaction.php

    1. Encourage Clif to raise the bar on child slavery!

    For more than a year, Food Empowerment Project has been asking companies to tell us which countries supply the cacao used to make their chocolate products. Our goal? To ensure that consumers are able to make informed decisions and not inadvertently buy chocolate that comes from the slave trade in West Africa, a region steeped in child labor. We are not asking for full supply chain information or grower names - simply the cacao beans' country of origin. 

    You can see a list of the companies that have disclosed this information here: 

    If you scroll down to the list of companies that will not tell us where they source their cacao, one of the names might surprise you - it surprised us: Clif Bar & Company. 

    We have been in communication with Clif Bar since May 2011, and they tell us that they cannot disclose the country of origin for proprietary reasons. (See our letter

    Now, why would a company not want to disclose information about where they source their cacao? We are not asking for company names - only country. Clif Bar acknowledges on their website "that food matters to our families, our communities, and our planet - as our food choices affect the physical, social, and environmental fabric of our lives." They even pledge a commitment to communities worldwide. Yet this now all seems to be empty rhetoric. 

    We all know why companies like Nike and Apple took so long to disclose information on their supply chains: because they had something to hide. But does Clif? 

    Recently, Clif Bar announced that they intend to use the Rainforest Alliance certification, a system that imposes the least amount of requirements on the companies that plan to use its seal. Indeed, it's the same certification that Hershey plans to begin using later this year on its Bliss line of products. While we appreciate Clif Bar's effort, our question remains the same: Where do you source your cacao from? 

    How could a company that prides itself on social responsibility choose to not be transparent about an issue as important as child slavery? What does Clif have to hide? 

    Join us in asking them. 

    2. Is your chocolate cruelty free?

    Please only buy chocolate that is vegan and does not support slavery. 

    Click here for our list: http://www.foodispower.org/chocolatelist.htm


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  • Alyssa B.

    Just signed

    December 31, 2013

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    A former member

    Thank u for getting this info out there!

    August 9, 2013

  • moses s.

    thank you so much for this, charlotte! i was really inspired by lauren and wanted to follow-up on what she talked about; thank you for bringing this to my attention and let's work together on similar food justice issues

    November 18, 2012

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