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Republican voters don’t care about Trump’s corruption — and here’s why

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The past couple of weeks of the news have served up a hefty reminder not just of the deep corruption of Donald Trump, but of the entire Republican Party. On top of the headline-dominating story about Republicans ignoring all sorts of ethical concerns to place Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, there was also a blockbuster New York Times report showing that Trump amassed his massive fortune not through hard work or business acumen, but old-fashioned tax fraud and corruption. Meanwhile, there's a pileup of stories indicating that Republicans intend to shore up their prospects in the November midterms through blatant and racist cheating, using a series of Jim Crow-style strategies to keep black and Native American voters from the polls in November.

To add to this already disturbing situation, there's the shady behavior Trump is displaying around the disappearance and likely murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who has run afoul of  Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and big buddy of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. Saudi Arabia is widely believed to be behind the attack, but Trump — who himself is overtly hostile to the free pressseems reluctant to do anything about the situation, citing his unwillingness to spike an arms deal with Saudi Arabia. It's a stance made even more disturbing by the fact that arms deal isn't even real, but more like a fantasy unlikely to come to fruition. There is also reason to believe that Trump is personally enriching himself off the Saudi government, which likely factors into his decision-making.

Despite all this, in a story that's become all too predictable, Trump's approval ratings don't budge, lingering a few percentage points north or south of 40 percent. He's not popular and never has been, but it's clear that the 40 percent of voters who love him really do not care if he's a crook. And despite the GOP's widespread corruption, FiveThirtyEight still gives the party a four-in-five chance of holding a Senate majority in the midterm elections.

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It's easy to chalk off this widespread indifference to criminality and corruption among Republican voters as evidence that such voters are themselves amoral. But that reading is overly simplistic. It's highly unlikely that 40 percent of the country thinks it's no big deal to cheat or steal or lie under oath or shrug off a murder likely ordered by your son-in-law's friend. Nor is it satisfying to simply blame partisanship. Democratic voters are also highly partisan, but don't seem to have nearly the same tolerance for immoral behavior being conducted in their name.

Instead, the likeliest reason for this willingness of Republican voters to indulge all sorts of wicked behavior in pursuit of power is that they've convinced themselves that the "other side" does it just as much. It's an attitude called "what-about-ism," and it allows Republican voters to tell themselves that their side can be as shady and corrupt as they want to be, because Democrats do it, too.

Of course, the fly in that particular ointment is that Democrats do not, in fact, do it too. Barack Obama did not put an accused sexual predator on the Supreme Court after that person repeatedly lied under oath, nor did he shrug it off when an American journalist was killed because he happened to be fond of the alleged murderer. Democrats are not trying to steal elections through widespread cheating. Hillary Clinton was no tax fraud and was able to prove it by releasing her tax returns, something Trump continues to refuse to do.

This disparity, I think, points to one reason why conspiracy theories tend to proliferate more on the right than the left. In the absence of real corruption and crime among Democrats or leftists, conservatives instead rely on  conspiracy theories to justify their continued belief that Democrats are just as corrupt as Republicans, if not more so.

If one believes, for instance, that Obama faked his birth certificate to evade citizenship requirements to be in the Oval Office — as a solid majority of Republicans suspect — then the fact that Trump is a tax fraud doesn't seem so unusual or objectionable. If one buys into the theory that the Clintons had former White House lawyer Vince Foster murdered back in the 1990s, then Trump's shady attitude about the murder of Khashoggi pales in comparison. And while it's basically impossible to follow what, exactly, Republicans are getting at with their Benghazi obsession, they've using that fake conspiracy theory to minimize real concerns about Trump's possible role in Russia's criminal interference with the U.S. election.

No wonder Trump continually leads his rallies with chants of "lock her up," in reference to the many Clinton crimes alleged by conspiracy theorists that do not exist in real life. The more the crowds insist that Clinton is a criminal, the easier it is for them to justify voting for Trump, who has admitted to sexual assault on tape, has committed what the New York Times deemed tax fraud, and may be implicated in the Russian interference in our election.

The conspiracy theory defense was on display during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh, after all, was accused of a very serious crime — attempted rape — and lying under oath to cover it up. Rather than deal with that, however, conservatives turned to finger-pointing, starting with Kavanaugh himself — in a written statement that can't be written off as heated language under pressure — claiming that the sexual assault accusations from multiple women were some kind of plot to get "revenge on behalf of the Clintons."

Kavanaugh then used this alleged plot, which almost certainly doesn't exist, to imply that he and other conservatives were entitled to do all sorts of unethical things in response, saying the "whole country will reap the whirlwind."

Donald Trump was right when he gave that infamous speech declaring that he could "shoot somebody" in broad daylight without losing voters. In the right-wing imagination, Democrats do evil things, even commit murder, on a regular basis and get away with it. So too many conservatives have convinced themselves that it's only fair to let Trump get away with similar things, even though the bad things he's doing are all too real and not from the realm of fevered conspiracy theory.

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Not Voting Doubles the Value of Someone Else’s Vote

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In his Rolling Stone article on John McCain’s failed campaign for the 2000 Republican nomination for President, David Foster Wallace wrote about how not voting is like shooting yourself in the foot.

If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible psychological reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.

Please check your registration status and register to vote…it takes two minutes. Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching in many US states — there are deadlines tomorrow in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. If you don’t see your state in that list, don’t assume you have all the time in the world…check your status and register to vote anyway.

See also Dear Young People: “Don’t Vote”. (via nitch)

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California Shopping Centers Are Spying for an ICE Contractor

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A company that operates 46 shopping centers up and down California has been providing sensitive information collected by automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to Vigilant Solutions, a surveillance technology vendor that in turn sells location data to Immigrations & Customs Enforcement. 

The Irvine Company—a real estate company that operates malls and mini-malls in Irvine, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Redwood City, San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale—has been conducting the ALPR surveillance since just before Christmas 2016, according to an ALPR Usage and Privacy Policy published on its website (archived version). The policy does not say which of its shopping centers use the technology, only disclosing that the company and its contractors operates ALPRs at “one or more” of its locations. 

Automated license plate recognition is a form of mass surveillance in which cameras capture images of license plates, convert the plate into plaintext characters, and append a time, date, and GPS location. This data is usually fed into a database, allowing the operator to search for a particular vehicle’s travel patterns or identify visitors to a particular location. By adding certain vehicles to a “hot list,” an ALPR operator can receive near-real time alerts on a person’s whereabouts.

EFF contacted the Irvine Company with a series of questions about the surveillance program, including which malls deploy ALPRs and how much data has been collected and shared about its customers and employees. After accepting the questions via phone, Irvine Company did not provide further response or answer questions.

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The Irvine Company’s policy describes a troubling relationship between the retail world and the surveillance state. The cooperation between the two companies allows the government to examine the travel patterns of consumers on private property with little transparency and no consent from those being tracked. As private businesses, Vigilant Solutions and the Irvine Company are generally shielded from transparency measures such as the California Public Records Act. The information only came to light due to a 2015 law passed in California that requires ALPR operators—both public and private aliketo post their ALPR policies online. Malls in other states where no such law exists could well be engaged in similar violations of customer privacy without any public accountability.  

In December 2017, ICE signed a contract with Vigilant Solutions to access its license-plate reader database. Data from Irvine Company’s malls directly feeds into Vigilant Solutions’ database system. This means that ICE can spy on mall visitors without their knowledge and receive near-real-time alerts when a targeted vehicle is spotted in a shopping center’s parking lot. 

Vigilant Solutions’ dealings with ICE have come under growing scrutiny in California as the Trump administration accelerates its immigrant enforcement. The City of Alameda rejected a contract with Vigilant Solutions following community outcry over its contracts with ICE. The City of San Pablo put an expansion of its surveillance network on hold due to the same concerns.

But ICE isn’t the only agency accessing the data. Vigilant Solutions shares data with as many as  1,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. Through its sister company, Digital Recognition Network, Vigilant Solutions also sells ALPR data to financial lenders, insurance companies, and debt collectors.

“Irvine is committed to limiting the access and use of ALPR Information in a manner that is consistent with respect for individuals' privacy and civil liberties,” the Irvine Company writes in its policy. “Accordingly, contractors used to collect ALPR Information on Irvine's behalf and Irvine employees are not authorized to access or use the ALPR Information or ALPR System.” And the Irvine Company says it deletes the data once it has been transmitted to Vigilant Solutions.

Although the Irvine Company pays lip service to civil liberties, the company undermines that position by allowing Vigilant Solutions to apply its own policy to the data. Vigilant Solutions does not purge data on a regular basis and instead “retains LPR data as long as it has commercial value.”

The Irvine Company must shut down its ALPR system immediately. By conducting this location surveillance and working with Vigilant Solutions, the company is putting not only immigrants at risk, but invading the privacy of its customers by allowing a third-party to hold onto their data indefinitely.

We will update this post if and when the Irvine Company decides to respond to our questions.

Special thanks to Zoe Wheatcroft, the EFF volunteer who first spotted The Irvine Company's ALPR policy. 

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Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives

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Lundgren, 33, has become a renowned innovator in the field of electronic waste, or e-waste, using discarded parts to do things such as construct an electric car, which in a test far outdistanced a Tesla on a single charge. He built the first "electronic hybrid recycling" facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics into functional devices, slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and metals contained in those devices into landfills and the environment. His Chatsworth company, IT Asset Partners, processes more than 41 million pounds of e-waste each year and counts IBM, Motorola and Sprint among its clients.

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F.E.P.’s Chocolate List | Food Empowerment Project

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Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List is also available as a free application for your smart phone. Take a moment to download the free app now via iTunes (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones).

The list below reflects Food Empowerment Project’s most recent research on companies that make vegan products containing chocolate to find out if they source their chocolate from areas where slavery can still be found.

Companies such as Mars and others are culpable, but are not listed as they do not make vegan products.

This list is not comprehensive. We continue to reach out to more companies and will be updating the list as we receive responses. Again, all of the companies make vegan chocolates but they may also sell non-vegan chocolates – we have tried to help, but we encourage you to read the ingredients to be sure.

Understanding Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate list 

  Chocolate we feel comfortable recommending 
– 22 Days nutrition
– 365 Dark Chocolate Bar (Whole Foods Market)
– A.D.D. (Alternative Delectable Delights)
– A XOCO
– Agostoni (fair trade only)
– Ah!Laska
– Alce Nero’s dark chocolate
– Allegro Coffee Company
– Alnatura
– ALOHA
– Alter Eco
– Alternativa 3 (Spain)
– Amano
– Amo Cacao
– Amy’s
– Amy’s DriveThru
– Andean Dream
– Ananda (EU)
– Antidote
– Angell Chocolate Bars
– Ara Chocolat
– Artisan du Chocolat
– Artisana
– Askinosie
– Be.Raw. Chocolate
– BEAR (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– Belvie Chocolate
– Belyzium
– Bisou Chocolate
– Bixby Bar: ONLY Birdie, Heart’s Delight & Whippersnapper
– Blanxart (only dark chocolate – single bar origin except Ghana) – (Spain)
– Blissful Wunders Confectionery Chocolats’ Chocolate
– Bluebird Ice Cream
– Bonnievilles
– BonPom
– Bonvita
– Booja-Booja (Europe)
– Break Brittle
– Briskbars
– Brontie & Co. (England)
– Brown Sugar Baking Company
– Budi Bar
– Buddha Chocolate
– Bulletproof
– Bump City Bakery (Petaluma)
– The Butcher’s Son (Berkeley, CA – only their products)
– Cacao Prieto
– CaCoCo
– Cado Ice Cream
– Café Flora (Seattle)
– Cello Chocolate – all but Ghana bar
– Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
– Charlie’s Brownies
– Charm School Chocolate
– The Chia Co
– Choc & Nut
– CHOC Chick Raw Chocolates Ltd. (Australia, EU & USA)
– ChocAlive!
– Chocolat Bella
– Chocolate Amatller (single-origin bar Ecuador only)
– Chocolate and Love
– Chocolate Calling
– Chocolate Decadence
– Chocolate Hollow
– Chocolate Ibarra
– Chocolate Inspirations, Inc
– The Chocolate Yogi (Australia)
– Chocolates El Rey
– Chocolatl
– chocolita
– ChocoSol Traders
– ChocStars (Belgium Chocolate Source)
– ChocZero
– Choquiero Organic chocolates
– Chuao Chocolatier
– Chunks of Energy
– Ciranda
– Claudio Corallo
– CO YO
– Cocanú
– Coco Caravan
– Cocoa Cravings
– Cocoa Loco
– Cocoa Rhapsody
– CocoaPlanet
– CocoLicious
– Cocolo (Australia & New Zealand)
– Coconut Bliss (they were bought by a dairy company)
– Coconut Organics
– Coconut Secret
– Coco-Zen
– Confiserie Jonas (Belgium)
– Conscious Chocolate (Australia, Dubai and Europe)
– The Cookie Counter
– The Co-operative (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– Coracao Confections
– Core Foods (Defender Meal only)
– Cornbread Café (Eugene OR)
– Cosmic Creature Chocolate Company
– Cotton Tree Chocolate (70% bar – only in Belize)
– Creo Chocolate
– Crispy Cat
– Cupcake Royale
– Daiya (http://www.fooddive.com/news/plant-based-food-firm-daiya-bought-for-32597m-by-pharma-company-otsuka/448160/)
– Dandelion Chocolate
– Date Lady
– Dave’s Midnight Bakery
– Denman Island Chocolate
– Diego’s Chocolate
– Divine
– Divine Organics (raw cacao products)
– Doe Donuts
– Doisy & Dam (England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
– Dream Chocolate
– Drink Rau
– Ds Naturals
– Earth Circle Organics
– Earth Loaf
– Earthly Gourmet
– East Maui Chocolate
– Eat Chic Chocolates
– Eat Pastry
– EATINGEVOLVED
Edensoy (http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/eden-foods-tries-to-opt-out-of-obamacare-birth-control-coverage/Content?oid=1640622)
– El Diablo Coffee
– Elevate (artisan cakes and pastries, made with compassion)
– Eli Bars
– Emmy’s Organics
– Endorfin
– Equal Exchange
– Essential Living Foods
– Essential Trading Cooperative (England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
– eSutras organics
– Ethicoco (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– evo hemp
– The Fearless Chocolate Company
– feedyourface
– Feel Good Desserts
– Firefly Chocolate
– Fox Tea Club
– Fran’s Chocolates
– Frankie & Jo’s
– Frontier
– Full Tilt Ice Cream
– Gefle Chocolaterie (EU)
– Gemini
– Genuto
– GEPA
– Giddy Yoyo
– Global Organics
– GloryBee (cocoa powder)
– Gnosis
– Gone Pie Vegan Bakery
– GO*DO Chocolate (Espresso Coffee and Sicilian Almonds) (England, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Wales)
– Go Macro’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crunch
– Go Raw
– Gopal’s Healthfoods
– Goss Chocolate (dark and special dark chocolate, nibs and cocoa powder)
– Govinda Natur GmbH (Europe)
– Great Bean
– Green Girl Bakeshop
– Guru Donuts (only vegan donuts)
– Harrison’s Original Sweet Shoppe
– Healing Butterfly
– Health·Ade Kombucha
– Healthforce Superfoods
– Healthworks
– Healthy Creation’s Seattle
– hemp love
– Herbs America
– HERNÁN
– Holy Kakow Chocolate
– Honest Chocolate (South Africa)
– Hooray Truffles
– Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
– Hotel Chocolat (Europe, Americas, Far East)
– Hu Kitchen*
– HunnyBon
– Hurraw!
– I Heart Keenwah
– iChoc
– Il Modicano
– indi chocolate
– inSpiral (England)
– Iswari Ireland Ltd
– IQ Superfood Chocolate
– Jeavons Toffee
– Jedwards International, Inc.
– Jelina Chocolatier
– Jem Raw Chocolate
– Jen’s Zen
– JJ’s Sweets
– Jollyum (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– Just Pure Foods
– Justin’s Nut Butter (http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/People/Justin-Gold-on-why-he-got-into-bed-with-Hormel)
– Kaia Foods (Alive & Radiant)
– Kakaw Belizean Chocolate (Belize)
– Kallari Chocolate
– Keen-wah (Essential Living Foods)
– Kopali Organics
– kosuma Whole Food Energy™
– Kroger Cocoa Powder
– Kur Organic Superfoods
– La Siembra – Cocoa Camino
– Lagusta’s Luscious
– Laird Superfood
– Lakanto
– Lake Champlain Chocolates (only Blue Bandana, Almonds & Sea Salt, Peruvian Dark, Cherries & Chocolate and Spicy Aztec)
– Lala’s Creamery (vegan only and not the cookies & creme)
– L’Amourette
– Late July
– Laughing Giraffe Organics*
– Liebhart’s Gesundkost (Germany)
– Lifefood
– Little Island Coconut Creamery
– Live On Chocolate
– Live Superfoods (their name brand only)
– Living Food of St. Ives
– Living Raw
– LivWell, LLC
– Love Bean
– Love Street Livin
– Lovechock (Europe)
– Lovecrafted Vegan Baking
– Lover Raw Chocolate
– Loving Earth (New Zealand)
– Lulu’s Chocolates
– Lune Chocolat
– Lydia’s Organics
– Madécasse’s Chocolate
– MadeGood
– Madre Chocolate
– Mama Ganache
– Manifest Chocolates
– Manifesto Cacao
– Manoa Chocolate Hawaii (only bars with 72%+ cocoa)
– Marks & Spencer (single origin)
– Marthomi (Rice Mice, Zero Zebra)
– Marvellous Superfood
– Mary’s Gone Crackers
– Mason & Co (India)
– Mast Brothers Chocolate
– Mayesa
– Metabolic Response Modifiers (MRM)
– MiiRO
– Mindo Chocolate
– Mister Sister
– Mokkapuu
– Molly Moon’s (except Vegan ‘Scout’ Mint flavor)
– Molucca Craft Chocolate
– Montezuma’s (England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
– Mooala
– Moo Free Chocolates
– Mr Organic
– Multiple Organics
– MULU Organic Raw Chocolate (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– NadaMoo!
– Nahua
– Nana’s Donuts
– Natur-a (Canada)
– Natural Balance Foods (Europe & USA)(Trek and Nakd)
– Naturata
– Nature’s Charm
– Nature’s Path
– Navitas Organics’
– Nelly’s Organics
– Newman’s Own
– New Tree
– New York Superfoods
– Next Level Burger
– NibMor
– Nocciolata Dairy Free
– Nibble Chocolate
– Nicobella Organics
– Nirvana Belgian Chocolates
– No Cow Chocolate
– Noah & Co.
– Not Your Sugar Mamas
– Nova Monda Cacao & Chocolate
– Numi Organic Tea
– Nutiva
– NuttZo
– The Oakland Chocolate Company
– Oaxacabar
– Obsessive Confection Disorder
– Olivia Chocolat
– Ombar
– Omnon
– One Degree Organic Foods
– Oregon Bark
– Organic Fair
– Organic Food Bar
– Organic Nectars
– Organica (Venture Foods)
– Original Beans
– Orgain*
– Orgran
– Ostara
– Over The Moo
– Pana Chocolate (Australia, England)
– Parliament Chocolate
– PASCHA
– Patric Chocolate
– Peaceful Provisions
– Perfect Fit (Tone it up)
– Perfect Fuel Chocolate
– Phi Kind Organics
– The Philosopher’s Stoneground
– Plamil
– Poco Dolce (bars only)
– PRANA
– President’s Choice
– Puffworks
– Pulsin’ (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
– Puna Chocolate
– Pure Bar
– R.e.d.d., Inc.
– Raaka Virgin Chocolate
– Rainbow Bakery (Bloomington, IN)
– Ranger Chocolate Company
– Rapunzel
– Rausch Plantagen-Shokolade
– the raw chocolate co (Australia and Europe)
– Rawmio
– Raw Ecstasy (England)
– Raw Halo
– Raw Health (Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore & US)
– Raw Integrity Chocolates
– Raw Imagination (England)
– Raw Nibbles (England)
– Raw Revolution
– RAWR Chocolate (Europe)
– Rawxies
– Real Bar
– Real Food Source (Europe)
– REBBL
– Rebel Kitchen
– Remedy Teas
– René Rey Chocolates
– República del Cacao
– Rescue Chocolate
– Revolution Gelato
– Righteously Raw
– Ritter Sport
– Ritual Chocolate
– Rogue Chocolatier
– Roo’Bar (Australia, Europe & United Arab Emirates)
– Rosengarten (Minderleinsmühle GmbH & Co. KG) (Germany)
– Sacred Chocolate
– Salazon Chocolate
– Sambazon
– Santa Barbara Chocolate
– Santosha Chocolate
– SaviSeed
– Scarborough Fair (New Zealand)
– Science Kitchen (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– Scream Sorbet
– Seed and Bean Chocolates
– SEVENHILLS WHOLEFOODS (England)
– Shaman Chocolates
– Simply Raw
– Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates
– Skydottir Epic Cookies
– So Delicious® Dairy Free (organic only)
– Solkiki
– SOMA chocolatemaker
– SOMMER (Biback Zwiebackfabrik SOMMER GmbH & CO. KG) (Germany)
– Soulever Chocolates
– Spagnvola
– Squarebar
– Stirs the Soul
– Sunburst Superfoods (their name brand only)
– Sunflour Baking Company
– Sunfood’s Chocolate
– Sweet Revolution
– Sweetriot (riotBar only)
– Taza Chocolates
– Teeccino
– Temptation
– TerraSoul
– Tesco Single Origin Bars only (except for Ivory Coast Bar) (outside of the US)
– Theo Chocolate
– Thesis (skin care & makeup)
– Three Turns
– Tierra Farm (organic and organic fair trade only)
– Tony’s Chocolonely
– Travel Chocolate
– Treat Dreams (Australia)
– TruJoy Sweets
– Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate
– Ulimana
– Ultimate SuperFoods (Ojio)
– Uncommon Cacao
– UNREAL (only dark chocolate gems)
– Vegan Treats
– Veganica Pty Ltd (Rawganic Chocolate & CocoLuscious Coconut Ice Cream) Australia
– Vego (Germany)
– Vicuña Chocolates
– Videri Chocolate Factory
– Vitacost Brand (cocoa powder)
– Viva Naturals
– Vivani
– VO2 Vegan Cafe (MA) (only O2 Vegan Café chocolate bars, cocoa, homemade smoothies)
– Wayward Vegan Cafe (Seattle)
– Wei of Chocolate
– well.fed. by Alicia Smiley
– The Wellington Chocolate Factory (Australia, Hong Kong, & New Zealand)
– Wellness Foods (The Simply Bar)
– Whaddyalove Chocolate
– Whistler Chocolate
– Whole Foods Market (only: cocoa powder & 365 Dark Chocolate bar)
– Wholesome Chow
– Wild Alive LLC
– Wild Boar’s Dark Chocolate (Hagensborg Chocolates)
– Wildly Organic
– Willie’s Cacao
– Wonder Food Company
– Woodblock Chocolate Manufactory
– WOW Chocolates
– The Xocolate Bar
– YAWP!
– Yes Cacao
– You Are Loved Foods
– Yowza Snacks
– Z Natural Foods
– Zenergy Powerballs
– Zimt Artisan Chocolates
– Zing Nutrition Bars
– Zotter

Recommended – Giving them the benefit of the doubt
– Felchlin
– TCHO

Cannot recommend
– Delicaseys Chocolates
– Garden of Life (owned by Nestle)
– Hershey’s
– Nestle (Haagen-Dazs)
– NÓI SÍRÍUS’s chocolate (dark)
– Scharffen Berger (owned by Hershey)
– Stuffed Cakes
– Talenti Gelato

Cannot recommend but are working on the issues in various ways
– ABC Bakers (Girl Scout Cookies)
– ALDI (Moser-Roth)
– Alpro (Alpro Soya and Provamel)
– Amore di Mona
– Amy E’s Bakery
– Ananda Foods
– Barry Callebaut
– Beech’s
– Ben & Jerry’s
– Bensdorp
– Beyond Dark
– Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier
– Blommer
– Boulder Cookie
– Chocolat Stella*
– Chocolove
– Chocoveda
– Clif Bar
– Creek House Patisserie
– Deliss Chocolate
– Dilettante
– Divvies
– Dr. Oetker USA, LLC
– Enjoy Life
– Go Max Go
– Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (Just Born)
– Goupie’s (England)
– Guittard Chocolate Company
– The Healthy Baking Company
– The Inspired Cookie
– Kashi
– Lazy Day Foods (England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
– LEDA Chocolate (Australia & New Zealand)
– Lily’s
– Little Brownie Bakers (Girl Scout Cookies)
– Liz Lovely Cookies
– Mariposa Baking Company
– Missionary Chocolates
– Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies
– NOW
– NuNaturals, Inc.
– OCHO Candy
– Pacific Natural Foods
– Pangea
– Ripple
– Schmerling’s
– Silver Spoon (England)
– Simply Lite
– Starbucks
– Strauss
– Svelte
– Summerdown Pure Mint Chocolate Mint Thins
– Sunwarrior*
– Sweet William (New Zealand and Europe)
– Thorntons
– TradeAid (New Zealand)
– Terra Nostra
– Villars
– Wayfare
– Whittaker’s (Australia & New Zealand)
– World’s Finest Chocolate
– Xan Confections

Cannot recommend but at least responded
– Alternative Baking Company
– Back to Nature
– Belcolade
– Birkengold (Austria & Germany)
– Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods
– Brooklyn Dark
– Cacao Barry
– Cherryvale Farms
– Chocologic
– Choffy Brewed Chocolate
– Coco Maya (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– Crio Bru
– Dagoba (owned by Hershey)
– Dr. Fuhrman’s Cocoa Powder
– Endangered Species
– Fabulous Freefrom Factory
– Feed Your Face
– FINE & RAW
– FoMu
– Hail Merry
– Hampton Creek
– Home Free
– Kirkland (CostCo)
– KoKo Dairy Free
– Landgarten GmbH & Co. KG (Europe)
– Lindt (Ghirardelli Chocolate)
– Little Secrets
– Lucy’s Cookies
– Lush Gourmet Foods
– Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine
– Mom’s Munchies
– next Organics
– No Whey! Chocolates
– Noiseraie Productions
– Nomoo Cookie Company
– Oatly
– Olive & Sinclair’s Chocolate
– Pamela’s Products
– Peter’s Chocolate
– PlantFusion
– Premium Chocolatiers
– Pudology (England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales)
– Sanders Candy
– See’s Candies
– Shoko Chocolates
– Simple Truth Organic®
– Somersaults
– Steve’s Ice Cream
– Tasti (New Zealand)
– The Peanut Principle
– Theobroma Chocolat
– Three Sisters Cereal (MOM Brands)
– Tofutti
– Unigra Chocolate
– Valrhona
– Waitrose (unless specified on product that country of origin is not West Africa)
– Wawel (Poland)
– Whittard of Chelsea
– Whole Foods Market chocolate chips
– Wilbur Chocolate
– Wild Friends Foods
– YisRoYal (gourmet vegan cookie dough)

  Cannot recommend: companies that would not disclose (no transparency for customers) 
– Choklad Mörk (Ikea)
– The Essential Bite / The Essential Cookie
– General Mills (Nature Valley)
– Glutino
– Good Greens
– The Hain Celestial Group (Rice Dream, Soy Dream, Sunspire, Chocolate Dream, Tropical Source)
– Hasslacher
– hipo hyfryd
– Indie Candy
– Kinnikinnick Foods
– Lenny & Larry’s
– LUV Ice Cream
– Mondelēz (Oreo)
– Moonstruck Chocolatier
– NuGo – Nutrition to Go
– O’Natra
– Oppenheimer Chocolates U.S.A. Inc
– Pangea brand
– Peanut Butter & Co.
– Pure Matters
– Q.bel Foods
– Recchiuti Confections
– Sainsburys (England)
– Salish Sea Chocolate Company
– Silk (TCBY)
– Sugar Plum Chocolates
– Trader Joe’s
– Udi’s
– VEGA
– Vosges
– Western Family
– Whole Foods Market Plant Fit Protein

Cannot recommend: companies that did not respond
– 10 degrees chocolate
– 34 degrees
– 137 Degrees
– Addiction Food (Australia)
– Amanda’s Own Confections
– Amber Lyn Chocolates
– Amedei
– Amella Caramels
– Amrita
– Amul
– Anandamide and Substantial
– Anthon Berg
– Anthony’s Goods
– Barbara’s
– barkTHINS
– Benedicks
– Berggold (Germany)
– Betty Lou’s
– Big Tree Farms
– biona organic
– Blabbermouth Chocolates
– Blue Diamond
– Bodylogix®
– Boots Bakery
– Boston Cookies
– Café Pettirosso
– Califia Farms
– Casual Friday Donuts
– Celtic Chocolates
– Chatfield’s Chocolates
– Chocholistic
– Chocolate Apothecary
– Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate
– Cicada Artisan Chocolate
– City Girl Country Girl
– Coco Polo
– Cocoa V
– The Coconut Collaborative
– Coles (Australia)
– Considerit Chocolate
– CREAM
– Cybele’s
– Deavas
– Destination
– Domori
– Double Rainbow Soy Cream
– Doves Farm
– Droste
– earnest eats
– EcoMil
– Eskal Noble Choice (Australia/New Zealand)
– Essy and Bella Chocolate
– Excellent Baron Chocolatier
– Fox’s Syrup
– Frankly Natural Bakers
– Fresh Thyme
– G. Debbas Chocolatier
– Galerie Au Chocolat
– Galler Chocolatier
– Gelateria Naia
– Girls & Boys Fitzroy
– Good Karma
– Green & Black’s
– The Grenada Chocolate Company
– Grimaldi Candies
– Halletts Chocolates
– Halloren
– Halo (Pro Bar)
– Halo Top
– Health Warrior
– Heaven Sent
– Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
– Hungryroot
– Jackie’s COOKIE Babies
– Jade Chocolates
– Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery
– Kaoka
– Kinnerton (EU)
– K’UL Chocolate
– LÄRABAR
– Laughing Gull Chocolates
– LoveRaw Chocolate (EU)
– Maestrani
– Main Market Co-Op
– Mama Chia
– Medifast
– Michel Cluizel
– Mighty O Donuts
– Misura
– Molly Rose Balms
– Nairn’s
– Nana’s Cookie Company
– NaturalZing
– <a href="http://Nuts.com" rel="nofollow">Nuts.com</a>
– Of the Earth Superfoods
– Oh! Chocolate
– Pacari
– Pantagruel
– Paskesz Candy Inc.
– Pasteland Chocolate
– Penzey’s
– Peet’s Coffee and Tea
– Plum Bistro/Sugar Plum
– Pico Chocolate (Australia)
– Prestat (England)
– PROBAR
– Puratos
– Pure Fit Nutrition Bars
– Riso Scotti (England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales)
– Roco Chocolates (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
– Rodelle
– Rose City Chocolatier
– Sanitarium (Australia/New Zealand)
– Santa Cruz Organic
– Schmidt’s Deodorant
– Seattle Chocolate Company
– Shakeology
– ShaSha Co.
– So Good Beverages
– Soul Sprout
– Soylent
– Spice Pharm
– Sunbiotics
– Superior Natural Foods
– Suzanne’s Specialties
– Sweet Freedom
– Tasty Brand
– Temple Chocolate
– The Good Bean
– The Living Food Kitchen
– The Nude Spoon (London only)
– The Tea Room
– The Winning Combination
– Theobroma Chocolate Company
– Timeless Coffee
– Tradin Organic
– Two Degrees
– Uncle Eddie’s
– Vanini
– Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
– Vantastic Foods Schakalode (EU)
– VeganBurd via Etsy
– Veganz
– Weiss
– When Pigs Fly
– Wonderfully Raw
– WonderSlim
– Xylitol
– Zazubean
– ZenSoy

* Did not respond to F.E.P. but did respond to a customer.

Note: Last updated March 22, 2018

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chrishiestand
258 days ago
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Cmon Trader Joe’s we expect better
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acdha
259 days ago
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Really happy to see a couple of our favorites on the recommended list
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tvaerialsmiddlesbrough
258 days ago
good post need to read more
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A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to…
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chrishiestand
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Is this an open question to the social sciences as to why this conclusion took so long?
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