More news on the fair-trade chocolate front: Green & Blacks has just become the first subsidiary of a major chocolate company (it's owned by Cadbury) to decide to go Fair Trade certified with its entire chocolate line worldwide by 2011. (Until now, only one Green & Blacks chocolate bar was Fair Trade certified.) According to the notice from Global Exchange, "This will bring a crucial lifeline of Fair Trade prices, premiums, and standards to cocoa growing communities that grow cocoa for Green & Blacks. This is a huge victory for Fair Trade farmers, and their supporters! Send Green & Blacks a valentine thank you for this important step; this kind of support will show the company's owners, board of directors, and staff that there is consumer support to continue their commitment to Fair Trade."
Global Exchange also notes that chocolate companies Equal Exchange, Divine, Alter Eco, Sweet Earth, and others "have done the right thing, from day one! In ADDITION to thanking Green & Blacks, we encourage you (and your kids/students, if applicable) to send thank you valentines, by either mail or email, to at least one of these companies, too."