DEBATE: Chocolate Money
Someone has posted an interesting topic of debate on the Friends of the Earth LIVING forum.
I wondered what the general feeling was from people regarding Cadburys becoming the new owners of the Green and Blacks range.
Will you still buy Green&Blacks chocolates or switch to other alternatives and if so what might those other alternatives be.
Do you feel companies like Cadburys should be encouraged to get into the fair trade market although having said that i think Green&Blacks only produce two fair trade chocolate bar although they have quite a large range of chocolates and so see this as something to be encouraged however one may feel about large corporations,or do you
see it as a cynical marketing ploy by them in an attempt to hitch themselves to the current consumer interest in fair trade products /produce
This is what we posted in reply...what do you think?
Tricky one this...
Do we support 'big bad evil corps' or continue to support small scale producers...?
Recently, British Gas did a deal to supply Windsave generators to customers.
Now if they are dipping their toe with alternative energy which I suspect they are then if no one buys it the media and British Gas will assume the market is not worth it. This may turn a lot of people off from even considering the alternatives...
Surely the mainstream is the place we want alternatives to be promoted...preaching to the NON-converted!
In this example though windsave benefit from every sale so perhaps its less relevant than the pure takeover of Green & Blacks but the point is well made...
Plus presumably the people behing Green & Blacks have enough money to work on other projects they may have in mind and so it continues...
The question is:
Would you prefer to live in a world where green and fair products are mass-marketed using huge corporate marketing budgets whilst they make money for 'evil corps' and their shareholders...
a world in which the mainstream does not get alternatives promoted to them...
Personally...City Hippy chooses the former...we just want the world to get greener and fairer...if people make money at the same time then the net gain is in societies interest.
I have cross-posted this on our blog to try and whip up huge amounts of debate - that'll be one reply then ;)