Chocolate WITHOUT Slavery is going to help bring an end to the use of slavery in the production of chocolate.
This blog and those to follow, plus the website will help you to understand what is going on, what has been and is being done to try to stop slavery in the production of chocolate, and what can be done, now.
And what a lot has been done. Documentaries, news stories, and, maybe most important, people sourcing cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate, from people who do not use slaves. And yet, thousands of children are still in slavery and billions of dollars of that chocolate is being sold every year.
The companies who continue to accept slavery - mostly child slavery - in order to make a profit will not change. They have signed international agreements saying that they would, and they state that they are “going to”, “soon” stop dealing with slavers. They haven’t!
The slavers aren’t going to stop using children: no cost means greater profits!
So, it comes down to each of us. Yes, we will make the decision to stop slavery by buying chocolate without slavery. If everyone would buy only chocolate that was made without slavery, the companies would buy their cacao from non-slave suppliers or go out of business.
This seems pretty simple: you go to the store, you look for chocolate, make sure it’s not made through slavery and you’re set. There’s more to it than that. But not much!
We’ll help each other connect with the people who do not use slavery to make their chocolate products. And the kids in slavery will be free.
Any suggestions are welcome.
Chocolate WITHOUT Slavery is trying to end child slavery in producing chocolate.
Michael is like many of us who love chocolate but sickened to understand that child slavery is key in producing 70% of the chocolate sold world wide. It often takes 2 to 3 days of a child’s slave labour to produce 1 chocolate treat and costs you $2.00. Most of the child slaves have never eaten chocolate!
There are many articles, blogs, major TV network news stories and documentaries that make it very clear that the majority of chocolate starts with child slavery. Child slavery: a child forced to harvest cacao pods and who cannot leave this slavery, ever. None of us wants this...except the slavers and those companies who keep buying cacao to make 70 billion dollars worth of chocolate.
So, why is this chocolate still being bought by people? Millions of people don’t know about child slavery in making chocolate. People might choose organic and FairTrade but what tells them that their choice is chocolate without slavery? Chocolate WITHOUT Slavery plans to change this.
The Chocolate WITHOUT Slavery blog will be available on a regular basis and offer ways that we can all participate in ending child slavery.
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