On November 30th, 2012 at 12 pm ET, 2 winners will be chosen to each take home:
– Fair Trade: A Human Journey by Eric St-Pierre. In 350 captivating photographs, this book takes you to the four corners of the planet & right into the lives of the women and men – artisans, peasants, workers – who produce various commodities that are part of our daily lives.
– 1 Make Your Own Chocolate Kit. Learn how to make dark chocolate like a confectioner, right in your kitchen. This sweet activity kit contains everything you need, including Fair Trade cocoa butter & cocoa powder.
– 1 Case of Glee Gum (12 boxes). Pick the flavor of your choice & enjoy the world’s first & only Fair Trade chewing gum, naturally sweetened with Fair Trade cane sugar. Aspartame-free & GMO-free, too!
As you probably know, Prop 37— the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act— didn’t pass this month. We still believe that labeling food containing GMOs would be a good idea. And, based on the votes cast in Cali, so do at least 4 million other Americans!
“Because of the prevalence of soy, corn, and sugar in processed foods, more than 30,000 GMO food products sit on US grocery shelves unlabeled,” Alisa Gravitz, the president of Green America, recently noted.
Green America recently created a new campaign called GMO Inside, in hopes of increasing awareness and keeping up the momentum from Prop 37. If you agree with their position, visit their site to join the movement! Before your next trip to the grocery store, also consider checking out the Institute for Responsible Technology’s guide to GMO-free shopping. And don’t forget that our partners at Just Label It offer a quick and easy way for you to contact the FDA about this issue.
Glee is part of a three-case exhibit entitled “American Indian Foods in the Global Pantry.” The description notes, “The global impact of foods indigenous to the Americas is so immense that we sometimes forget their origins and how they have transformed the world. Today, corn, cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes are among the world’s most heavily produced crops. These and other American foods are staples in homes throughout the world and sustain populations worldwide just as they have nourished Native families for millennia.”
Why is Glee Gum in that case? Because it’s made with chicle, the tree sap once chewed by the ancient Maya.
Have you spied Glee anywhere unusual lately? We’d love to see!
As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, there’s no better time to eat something sweet. But wait! What’s really in that lollipop or chocolate bar? Wouldn’t you prefer if it were free from artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives? Wouldn’t it taste yummy if it were safer for your tummy?
Enter NaturalCandyStore.com. This comprehensive web-store offers the largest selection of natural and organic candy you can find—and a lot of brands you might have trouble finding. Family-owned and operated, it was founded back in ’07 by two sisters and their mom in the hopes of offering quality sweets made from the best possible ingredients.
“When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to eat candy because of the refined sugar and artificial ingredients,” explains founder, CEO, and “big sis” Dawn Van Hee. “We want to make it easy for anyone, whatever their special dietary requirement, to find candy they can eat and feel good about eating.”
NaturalCandyStore.com stocks traditional treats like gummies, chocolate, lollipops, and more. But, as their tagline says, it’s “all the FUN without the FUNNY stuff!” The store specifically caters to customers looking for organic, fair trade, vegan, allergen-friendly, gluten-free, dye-free, Feingold Diet accepted, and kosher products.
“The increasing incidence of conditions like ADHD and autism is also a significant factor,” notes Van Hee. “Many parents find that a diet free of artificial ingredients reduces symptoms, with research suggesting artificial colors and preservatives do indeed increase hyperactivity in children. Sugar always gets blamed for making kids hyper, but the research has never supported that— it’s probably all the artificial colors and flavors that usually go along with sugar that are the real culprits! Since almost all candy contains artificial colors and flavors, parents are searching for alternatives.”
Search no more! This is the place to find ’em. Sweetest of all? All Glee Gum at NaturalCandyStore.com is 20% OFF, now through September 21st, 2012. Stock up while you can!
Articles about chewing gum keep blowing up our news feed. Reporters must be chew-sing to cover stories with real sticking power. In case you spent the summer unplugged and offline, here are some of the latest sound bites… and then we promise to quit with the punny business.
In Seattle last Saturday, fans of the Nintendo character “Kirby” honored his 20th anniversary by setting a new world record: “Most People Blowing a Chewing Gum Bubble Simultaneously.” That number, should you attempt to surpass it at your next sporting event or class reunion, is reportedly 536.
TIME recently illuminated some of the surprising benefits of chewing gum, from improving focus and fighting fatigue to fixing cracks and baiting fish. Sorry in advance, fish, but can’t blame your good taste.
The world’s 1stmedical marijuana-based chewing gum, CanChew, is set to debut in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington, DC next month. We shall refrain from editorializing or smoking out additional details at this time.
Any guesses as to where in the world most people chew gum? According to a recent report from Kantar Media, the biggest gum fans live in Iran (where 82% of the population supposedly chew it) and Saudi Arabia (79%). The US ranks third with 59%. (For now, at least. We can catch up!)
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September 24, 2021
Glee Gum strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level.
These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
Accessibility on this Website
Glee Gum uses a Website Accessibility Widget that has a dedicated accessibility functionality. Our website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, we utilize an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
The software allows Glee Gum to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enabling the Accessibility Widget
The accessibility widget can be enabled by clicking the accessibility widget link that appears at the bottom of all pages of our website. After triggering the accessibility widget link, the accessibility widget will load and display in a moment.
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website.
In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels;
descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology.
To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
We continue our efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of our site and services in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to use reasonable efforts toward improving seamless, accessible and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities to the extent this can be done in a reasonable manner.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them fully accessible. We are continually working on improving the accessibility of our website by adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. We do all this because we constantly strive to achieve the optimal level of accessibility possible.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on this website as reasonably accessible as it can be consistent with normal business practices for a company of our size and resources, some content could still be improved, so we welcome your suggestions.
If you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing or navigating, any content or part of our website, if you are blind or if you have visual impairments, or if you require any kind of assistance, please contact us and let us know. We will be happy to assist.
For any assistance, please either call or email.