Food Integrity Now – Equal Exchange – Chocolate and Child Slavery – E38

 At the root of our love affair with chocolate lies the bitter reality of child slavery. The Ivory Coast provides most of the world’s cacao, the beans out of which chocolate is made, often with the labor of children who have been lured away from their families. The corporations profiting from the cacao industry have been dragging their feet to change these conditions, which would include a fair wage to the farmer.  Equal Exchange is a worker owned co-operative that produces cacao products made from fairly traded cacao beans.  Equal Exchange’s “Answer Man”, Rodney North, educates us on which companies produce fairly traded chocolate, and how individuals can affect change in the food industry.


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