The Washington Post: Cocoa’s Child Laborers

Comment on Cocoa’s Child Laborers

This a reaction to an article published in a mainstream newspaper, The Washington Post.

Please read the article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/hershey-nestle-mars-chocolate-child-labor-west-africa/?noredirect=on


Comment on Cocoa’s Child Laborers
Washington Post
By Peter Whoriskey and Rachel Siegel Photos by Salwan Georges

June 5, 2019

Most of us don’t know that all most of the chocolate in the world begins with child slavery. I didn’t and I have been eating and loving chocolate for decades.
I learned was that without the cacao bean there isn’t any chocolate. So, getting the cacao beans (sometimes called coco beans or cacoa) is the most important step in making chocolate.
The very large chocolate makers, Big Chocolate, buy tons of cacao beans to make about 100 billion dollars worth of chocolate. Every year! What you might not have known, but they do know, is that the cacao beans are harvested by child slaves and by children forced to work on the cacao plantations.

This horrifying fact has been written about for more than 200 years, and pretty regularly. So, why didn’t I and many, if not most of us, know that the chocolate we love is made through child slavery? I’ll tell you more in my chocolate choice blog.

The amazing thing is that we can stop child slavery in the chocolate supply chain. We don’t have to join any club or organization. We don’t need to fight Big Chocolate. And we don’t need to pay a fee to enjoy chocolate that does not have any slavery in the supply chain. “You’re kidding, right?!” No. This is true. You only need to buy chocolate that the seller, the maker and the distributor guarantee is made without child slavery or forced child labour in any part of its supply chain. And, they’re delighted to say so!

The chocolate choices that are made without child slavery are growing every year, and they taste great. Hallowe’en is the time, especially in Canada and the Untited States, when the most chocolate is sold: $1 billion dollars in the U.S., in ONE day! 70% of that chocolate comes from child slavery.

So, from now on, if you make a different chocolate choice, you will begin to end child slavery linked to chocolate.