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    Valentine's Day chocolate has activists' blood boiling

    DALLAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Valentine chocolates may become the new blood diamonds.

    As chocolatiers plan for one of their biggest sales weeks of the year, human rights activists are stepping up efforts to make consumers think twice before purchasing the traditional box of chocolates for their sweethearts for Valentine's Day on Monday.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110209/...hocolate_labor


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    man, I hadn't even thought of this

    and I was so looking forward to a box of turtles

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    Oh, and we're supposed to boycott flowers too. Seems like this Valentine's day is gonna be a bust!

    Organizations such as Pesticide Action Network point out that commercial flowers, produced in Colombia and elsewhere, are the most toxic and heavily sprayed agricultural crops on Earth.

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/valentines/index.cfm

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    A lollipop and a balloon it is.
    Those are safe?

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    I had a relatiaves who worked in a chocolate factory and she said that if you saw what things are crawling around and what disgusting things people do around the factory, you would never eat chocolate again. I believe it was bad because I never saw her eat chocolate. This was a long time ago, I'm sure with the strick regulations they have today, it's different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drip~drop View Post
    A lollipop and a balloon it is.
    Those are safe?
    A good bottle of champagne or wine is fine for me.
    It's almost been a year since we did our last show.Jay Bush my partner has been auditioning for the show Shark Tank and so this has put the show on hold. If he gets on Shark Tank, we will be terribly delayed. Good luck Jay. Either way we will one day continue the show and have the coolest global independent radio station out there. This is just a small video we did with one of our artists.Waiting for One and their tune 35 years. Check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drip~drop View Post
    A lollipop and a balloon it is.
    Those are safe?
    Nope, both have lead in them.

    But I agree there should be certifications to show what chocolates, or other items, are "conflict free" or "sweat shop" free, so we can make an informed choice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by legalmania View Post
    I had a relatiaves who worked in a chocolate factory and she said that if you saw what things are crawling around and what disgusting things people do around the factory, you would never eat chocolate again. I believe it was bad because I never saw her eat chocolate. This was a long time ago, I'm sure with the strick regulations they have today, it's different.
    And when is the last time we've heard about an outbreak of illness from eating chocolate? Obviously it can't be too contaminated from the gross things.


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    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight View Post
    And when is the last time we've heard about an outbreak of illness from eating chocolate? Obviously it can't be too contaminated from the gross things.
    To answer your question it was in 2007. I'm sure there has been a lot more incidents that were kept out of the media.

    http://www.themanufacturer.com/uk/co..._contamination

    Just a quick trivia Jeffery Dahmer worked in a chocolate factory. Not that has anything to do with it.


    Last edited by legalmania; 02-10-2011 at 02:04 AM.
    It's almost been a year since we did our last show.Jay Bush my partner has been auditioning for the show Shark Tank and so this has put the show on hold. If he gets on Shark Tank, we will be terribly delayed. Good luck Jay. Either way we will one day continue the show and have the coolest global independent radio station out there. This is just a small video we did with one of our artists.Waiting for One and their tune 35 years. Check it out.
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    And I read this as I'm scarfing down caramel filled chocolates.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight View Post
    And when is the last time we've heard about an outbreak of illness from eating chocolate? Obviously it can't be too contaminated from the gross things.
    Before this thread appeared, I ordered my son a box of see's. I'm diabetic, so it's off limits, and I think flowers are a waste of money (I'd rather have live ones in a pot).

    So hopefully my son won't get any buggies from his v-day pressie.

    MOO

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    ETA: to be honest, me and DH don't celebrate this made for Hallmark holiday anyway! But my teen enjoys the holiday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by legalmania View Post
    To answer your question it was in 2007. I'm sure there has been a lot more incidents that were kept out of the media.

    http://www.themanufacturer.com/uk/co..._contamination

    Just a quick trivia Jeffery Dahmer worked in a chocolate factory. Not that has anything to do with it.


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    Keep in mind the topic of the article was about how many chocolates, according to activists, fund some very bad activity, much like blood diamonds, do. That is why they are not happy, and want certifications like diamonds have. The bugs are a side issue....they just add protein, anyways.


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    I suppose I don't understand peoples mind set sometimes. After all, chocolate is the 5th food group, right?

    While I understand the protesters objections I think it's important to understand the region. These are 3rd world countries that are just trying to economically survive. Let's be honest, corruption exist at several levels and the best occupation in countries like Nigeria is probably a 419'er Nigerian scammer. That is of course if you don't work for an oil company.

    There are internal struggles between governments and rebels who raid cities and kidnapping corporate executives and peace comes for a price. On the other side of Africa, the most highest paying jobs seem to be ship hijackers demanding ransoms. Governments can't and don't have the ability to end the struggles between the poor and those the poor can extort money from.

    People need an economy, you can ship clothing material to Nigeria but you can't ship sewn clothing. They are trying to encourage people to work in industry. Most homes require a generator because electric service is too unreliable, scarce and expensive. The general population is too poor to afford a generator.

    Food is scarce and the selection of food is poor. Even people selling fertilizer have been found to cheat farmers in the quality so they can grow their own food.

    These people have serious issues of every day survival and it's a wonder the cocoa fields aren't producing cocaine (as some are)

    I have trouble getting behind a chocolate boycott because it provides jobs for people to help their families survive. Their pay disputes are not something I consider when buying a box of chocolate. IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgardner View Post
    Before this thread appeared, I ordered my son a box of see's. I'm diabetic, so it's off limits, and I think flowers are a waste of money (I'd rather have live ones in a pot).

    So hopefully my son won't get any buggies from his v-day pressie.

    MOO

    Mel

    ETA: to be honest, me and DH don't celebrate this made for Hallmark holiday anyway! But my teen enjoys the holiday!
    Actually it isn't a made for Hallmark holiday. It's the feast day of St. Valentine, a Christian martyr, who is the patron saint of love and lovers. It became more commercialized over time, but at least it stays true to the theme of his patronage.

    ETA: I'm guessing you're British? ("pressie")


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