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19 January 2012 @ 07:17 pm
Blood in Your Chocolate?  
Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find


Daloa, Ivory Coast (CNN) - Chocolate’s billion-dollar industry starts with workers like Abdul. He squats with a gang of a dozen harvesters on an Ivory Coast farm.

Abdul holds the yellow cocoa pod lengthwise and gives it two quick cracks, snapping it open to reveal milky white cocoa beans. He dumps the beans on a growing pile.

Abdul is 10 years old, a three-year veteran of the job.

He has never tasted chocolate.

Scars crisscross Yacou’s legs from a machete. He can’t clear grass in the cocoa fields without cutting himself. During harvest season, he works day after day hacking the cocoa pods.

The emotional scars run much deeper.

“I wish I could go to school. I want to read and write,” he said. But Yacou hasn’t spent a single day in school, and he has no idea how to leave the farm.

Would you like to find chocolate that was NOT harvested by child-slaves? Here is a list: http://slavefreechocolate.org/directory-chocolate/
3treekisser: Sita3treekisser on January 23rd, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I took the slavery footprint calculator and apparently I have 32 slaves working for me. Sigh.
Tapatitapati on January 23rd, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Apparently I have 22. I would have zero if I could manage it and I'm sure you would too. We don't get near enough information on the things we buy in this regard. :(