The Dark Side of Chocolate
Author: Kate McMahon, WireTap, on AlterNet [USA], Published on: 28 October 2005
This Halloween, know where your chocolate comes from. Here's your guide to ensuring that your treats weren't produced by enslaved children... On the Ivory Coast of Africa, the origin of nearly half of the world's cocoa, hundreds of thousands of children work or are enslaved on cocoa farms... Mars, Hershey's and Nestle argue that it would be impossible for them to control the labor practices of their suppliers, but a number of other large corporations have exemplified this possibility. These companies include Clif Bar, Cloud Nine [part of nSpired], Dagoba Organic Chocolate, Denman Island Chocolate, Divine [part of Day Chocolate], Gardners Candies, Green and Black's [part of Cadbury-Schweppes], Kailua Candy Company, Koppers Chocolate, L.A. Burdick Chocolates, Montezuma's Chocolates, Newman's Own Organics, Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, Rapunzel Pure Organics and The Endangered Species Chocolate Company.