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The Dark Side Of Easter: Child Slave Labor And How To Source Ethical Chocolate This Holiday

Easter has always been a time to celebrate rebirth. During the spring, the entire planet seems to come back to life. Trees and flowers begin to blossom and the holidays are celebrated with an array of delicious foods. Most notably, […]

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Tips For Giving Your Trip A Responsible Makeover

In the USA, the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that 40% of the country’s fossil fuel related carbon dioxide emissions come from the transportation sector. Since travel — especially on an international level — involves taking at least a […]

Are You A Responsible Tourism Operator Or Hotel? We Want To Know!

Are You A Responsible Tourism Operator Or Hotel? We Want To Know!

Here at Epicure & Culture, we’re obsessed with responsible tourism. Along with launching a Responsible Tourism Twitter Chat (#RTTC) this summer, we’re putting together a responsible tourism travel guide — set to launch mid-summer 2014 — to help our readers […]

The Plight Of Burmese Women Refugees (And How You Can Help)

Imagine a life as a victim of gender based violence and discrimination where you are living in constant fear. With a military regime that uses sexual violence against women as a weapon of war this way of life is an […]

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The International Issue Of Child Street Vendors

Before I take any international trip, my friends and family become overwrought with “helpful pieces of advice” for me. Most of it is usually common sense like not doing drugs in alleyways or leaving hundreds of dollars unattended on tables; […]

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Medical Tourism: Are Cheaper Procedures Worth The Risk?

While even the thought of needing to take a trip to the hospital while on vacation is enough to make most travelers shudder, others make this the center of their vacation. With costs and wait times for treatments increasing rapidly […]

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Ethical Travel: Should You Visit Thailand’s Long Neck Women Villages?

For some tourists, seeing the giraffe-like, long neck women Kayans may seem like just another stop on a Thailand adventure of a lifetime. Many tourist agencies stop by these hill villages between jeep rides through snake-infested jungles and tours of […]

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How One Couple Is Using Cereal To Help The Community

“I never thought of Holy Crap as cereal, but as a survival kit.” I’m currently on British Columbia‘s Sunshine Coast touring the Holy Crap cereal plant. It’s a small yet well- run factory with 20 employees who have all been […]