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SOURCE Catholic Relief Services
BALTIMORE, Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When you buy chocolate for Valentine 's Day, you'll be contributing to a global business worth over $83 billion a year - or larger than the economies of 130 nations. According to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), if you choose Fair Trade chocolate you'll make a direct impact in the lives of cocoa growers in some of the world's poorest countries.
"Fair Trade is based on the principles of paying a fair wage to producers, providing safe working conditions and investing in communities," said Courtney Lare of CRS' Fair Trade program. "Buying Fair Trade chocolate guarantees that cocoa farmers receive a fair price for their crop."
Fair Trade chocolate changes lives. Consider the following:
Close to 50 million people are dependent on cocoa worldwide for their livelihood
Women on fair trade farms have better access to health care, job rights and freedom from harassment
90% of the world's cocoa is grown on 5.5 million small farms
West Africa produces 70% of the world's cocoa and comes from farmers that generally make less than $0.50 per day