What’s really in your chocolate?
Quite possibly child slavery. Not so sweet anymore. Use your power as a consumer and buy products that are ethically sourced. One action you can take is to look for a FAIRTRADE logo – see the poster below for examples of chocolate products with the logo.
Please watch this video and go to the site for thedarksideofchocolate to learn more.
Chocolate – The Bitter Truth 1 of 5 – Ivory Coast Child Trafficking – BBC Panorama Investigation, recorded 08.05.2010 We spend more on chocolate each year than investors spend on gold – but as Easter approaches, how much do we really know about where it comes from or how it is made?
Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon goes undercover as a cocoa trader in West Africa and discovers children as young as seven working long hours on cocoa farms, helping to make the chocolate we love so much. He buys a tonne of cocoa made with child labour, and sees how easy it is to sell it into the supply chain which leads to our high streets.
He also helps rescue a 12-year-old boy – trafficked across borders – to pick cocoa as a modern-day slave and reunites him with his mother. For the first time, we meet the kids who harvest our cocoa but who have never tasted chocolate.