The Problem With Chocolate
42% of the world’s chocolate comes from Ivory Coast, West Africa. Thousands of children are trafficked to pick and harvest the cocoa beans to make our favorite tasty treats. In 2001, reports confirmed widespread child labor on cocoa farms in Cote d’Ivoire and thousands of children being trafficked from nearby Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo. The children enslaved on cocoa farms work long hours, are not allowed to go to school, and unable to seek medical help when injured. They lack good clothing and shoes and come into contact with pesticides with no protections. They sleep in cramped huts, are beaten, intimidated and threatened. They have no escape and the chocolate industry has no excuse. Read full article >>
Oasis USA demands the chocolate industry help stop the brutality and supply us with traffick-free (or Fair Trade) chocolate.
We are Changing the Chocolate Industry
As a result of the chocolate campaign, consumers have chosen to buy only Fair Trade chocolate. The consumer’s choice is beginning to make an impact on the chocolate industry. 5 major companies around the world now offer traffick-free chocolate bars, including Nestlé’s Kit Kat Bar, Mars’s Galaxy and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. However, those 3 are only available in the UK. But what about the other bars from these companies? Why is only one, maybe two, traffick-free? Why are they only available in some countries, and not around the world?
What to do about it:
Order a copy of "The Dark Side of Chocolate" DVD at Global Exchange.
- Petition the companies to change. Visit Raise the Bar Hershey