Child Slavery is Now!


It has been a while since Thomas and I got together to do an episode of The New Architects.

We are back and in this episode we don’t hold back.  We invited back our good friend, Lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project, so we can talk about the projects they have been working on.

We dive deep into the issue of child slavery in the chocolate industry and the importance of transparency of a company who is trading or producing  chocolate items.

We know companies like Nestle, Hershey, Mars and other large chocolate companies buy cacao that is involved with the slave industry but what about companies we are suppose to trust, like the company Clif Bar.

Food Empowerment Project is leading the way and pushing Clif Bar to disclose which countries supply the cacao used to make their chocolate products – in fact, they have a campaign that you can help with by visiting their site and sending a lettter to Clif Bar to disclose where they purchase their chocolate.

We also go talk about what you can do to help put an end to child slavery.

To learn more about this issue  please visit The Food Empowerment Project and listen to this episode of The New Architects.

Lauren Ornelas is the Food Empowerment Project’s founder and serves as the group’s volunteer executive director. She is also the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for over 20 years. After spending four years as National Campaign Coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and Pier 1 Imports, among others. She currently serves as Campaign Director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

The Food Empowerment Project is based in Santa Clara County, the Food Empowerment Project decided to take a closer look in our own backyard to determine how easy it is for communities of color and low-income communities to have access to healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as alternatives to meat and dairy products.

The Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. F.E.P. encourage healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas.

By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. F.E.P.  also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to make healthier choices by growing their own fruits and vegetables. In everything they do, the Food Empowerment Project seeks specifically to empower those with the fewest resources.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

  • Jason Bayless1

    May 7, 2012

    Yes, activist work is something very dear to me.

    It seems I have a podcast for everything.. or soon will have one for everything 🙂

  • Matt2

    May 7, 2012

    Human Trafficking and Slavery are issues that are very dear to me.

    Didn’t know you had an activist podcast as well!


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