You can help end child slavery in the production of chocolate. What a statement! To say that you can contribute directly to ending such a horrible reality of our world is really something.
Can you really help?
Here is what we know. The very large companies sell $70 billion + of chocolate every year. They know that children in slavery are harvesting the cacao, the critical ingredient in making chocolate. Those companies are not going to change their approach, even though they said they would, but 10 years later they haven’t. So, trying to get them to end slavery is going to be a very long slog, if it happens at all.
Cloud Atlas, the movie, had an actor saying to his son-in-law that his contribution to ending slavery in the US “would not amount to a single drop in a limitless ocean.” The son-in-law replied, “But what is the ocean but a multitude of drops?”
I thought about that and realized that we often feel the same, that our tiny contribution will hardly make a difference. To end child slavery you need to do only two things: buy only chocolate without slavery and tell someone else why you have chosen to do that.
The children in slavery are real children, just like the ones you know. They can’t escape. They don’t want to wield a machete, accidentally cut themselves and wake up the next morning to do what they are forced to do, again.
You are one of the drops in the ocean.
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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