The goal of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is to raise awareness about how our food choices can change the world. By making informed, ethical food choices, we can make a difference and take a stand against abuses. F.E.P. encourages people to use their individual choices to eat with their ethics and use their collective voices to help bring about positive change. We strive to do this in our outreach as well as on our website.
One of the core values of F.E.P. is to lessen suffering and recognize the power that our food choices have to create a better world while knowing that veganism is just a step toward that goal. Although chocolate can be void of animal products, it cannot be truly cruelty-free if it involves the worst forms of child labor, including slavery.
We encourage people to “eat with their ethics,” as this has effects on both human and non-human animals. F.E.P. is working to inform consumers around the globe about the worst forms of child labor, including slavery, that take place for chocolate. To assist consumers with their chocolate purchases, we have created a list of companies that make vegan chocolates that we do and do not recommend, and it is available in English, Spanish, and German. This list, which includes more than 700 companies, is updated monthly. In addition, we have free apps (Android and Apple) that people can download to help them with their purchases.
We also work to get corporations to be transparent about where they source their cacao. Every month we contact companies to determine where their cacao is sourced. Although we have not targeted a corporation since 2011, we do hope to in the future.
We have also created a mascot, Chavez, to help with your shopping, and many vegan grocery stores have our “recommended” tags up!