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Ethical Sweets

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CHOOSE CHOCOLATE CONSCIOUSLY

What's Valentine's Day without chocolate? When choosing sweets for your sweetheart, look for brands that are organic, local, and shade-grown.

ETHICAL SWEETS

Of all crops, cocoa demands the second highest use of pesticides first place goes to cotton). But toxicity isn't a requirement. In fact, the sweet stuff tastes better when producers honor USDA organic standards, which prohibit the use of harmful chemicals. This benefits our bodies and the earth, by preventing all those poisons from getting into the soil, water, and air. Not sure which organic chocolate to choose for your sweetheart? Check out our picks here.

BUY LOCAL, SEASONAL TREATS

Ask yourself whether you really need those strawberries that were flown all the way in from South America. A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to think seasonally, by finding out what foods are being grown where you live. One option for finding fresh, local produce is to frequent your nearest farmers' market.

ECO-CANDY

Virtuous confections can be hard to stomach. Leaden banana bread. Spirulina fudge balls. "Cho-kale-let" cake. So we asked five candy aficionados to recommend eco-treats that'll sate your sweet tooth and go down easy.

ETHICAL CHOCOLATE WORTH CRAVING

Chocolate made with an eye to its social and environmental impact needn't taste virtuous, as Sierra Club staffers recently found out.

ICE CREAM FOR A COOLER PLANET

We asked dessert experts to recommend their favorite eco-friendly ice cream, so you can cool your palate and the planet at the same time.

 

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