Have a Happy Valentines Day ! We say it every year, but at what cost to the environment and our brothers and sisters around the world?
How “happy” will we be in a few years when the quality of our drinking water and air are worse then they are now. How we will our children celebrate their first few Valentines Day when the lakes and rivers are polluted.
And how happy can you be NOW as a contributor to the abuse of women and children around the world involved in the flower and CoCo trades.
When you think of Valentines Day you think of chocolate treats, gold jewelry, diamonds and pink heart shaped holiday cards. From the paper to the chocolate you are promoting child slavery , pollution of local rivers and lakes, deforestation and abuse and torture of woman worldwide.
Woman and children are treated as nothing more then slaves to produce a few roses and chocolate bars for your special someone each valentines day.
A large percentage of chocolate consumed in the united sates utilizes children who work long hours in the African heat with dangerous equipment and are sometimes beaten and and starved. Many of these children will go their whole lives without every eating just one chocolate bar.
“…Thousands of Africa’s children are forced to labor in the production of
cocoa, chocolate’s primary ingredient. The West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is
the leading supplier of cocoa, accounting for more than 40% of global production. Low cocoa
prices and lower labor costs drive farmers to employ children as a means to survive.” – From a recent report on the Cocoa Protocol. The next time you give or receive a beautiful roses realize that that often comes at a hefty price.
- Flower workers are primarily women who work long hours, especially before holidays like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, are paid poverty-level wages, and face hazardous working conditions
- Over 60% of flowers bought in the U.S. come from Colombia
- About 100,000 flower workers are employed in Colombia, most of whom are women; almost a third are single mothers
When you purchase non-organic flowers, your loved one may be inhaling toxic fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, nematocides and plant growth regulators. Flowers are not regulated for pesticide levels yet they must be free of insects when crossing North American borders. The result is mass quantities of unregulated pesticides on your flowers: http://www.organicconsumers.org/
Other Alarming facts :
The Conflict-Free Diamond Council is dedicated to stopping the trade of conflict diamonds by creating consumer demand for Certified Conflict-Free Diamonds:
93 percent of today’s paper comes from virgin trees and 187 million Valentines cards are sent each year ! (excluding classroom valentines)
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