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theobroma
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Hi
I feel its important for us to start addressing the two major problems in the cocoa industry: rainforest destruction and labor exploitation. As a starter, could Martin maybe add a news section to this effect? I'll post some links in this thread soon.
I hope this is of interest to some. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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originally posted by montegrano on the subject of slavery in ghana:

"It depends on where in Ghana the cacao is being grown. In some parts, children work for little or no wages, while in other parts, fair trade is the order of business (literally). I'm not exactly sure, though, as to what the overall conditions are over there. As you probably know, the slavery issue is not nearly as large there as it is in Ivory Coast, which just so happens to be the world's largest cacao provider (with Ghana being right up there in terms of cacao production). Also, while some countries might not actually enslave children, they will traffick them to other countries where they work in inhumane conditions. If this is a concern, then I would be extremely wary about eating any chocolate from West Africa, especially from Ivory Coast. Just looking at the backs of these people should send shudders down your own spine and provides you with more of a reason to support brands such as Domori and Cluizel. It might be more expensive, but at least you'll know that the chocolate isn't scarred with slavery."

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Kyle, would love to - are you interested in writing it? 😉

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Hi
Here are some links. I am not sure if they are the best or most informative, but they should shed light on some issues:

http://www.globalexchange.org/.....ade/cocoa/

http://www.icco.org/questions/.....rtrade.htm

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/pr.....te_buy.htm

http://www.globalexchange.org/.....ade/cocoa/

http://www.environmentalobservatory.org/ library.cfm?refID=36085

http://www.american.edu/TED/ch.....-slave.htm

http://www.campaignforlaborrights.org/ alerts/2001/clrjanuaryindex.html

umcp.org/index.php/Chocolate

http://www.campaignforlaborrig.....lerts.html

http://www.business-humanright.....ategories/ Sectors/Agriculturefoodbeveragetobaccofishing/Chocolatecocoa

http://www.corpwatch.org/artic.....hp?id=2034

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Good idea! I think it is important to spread as much information on this subject as possible. Few people disagree with the importance of fear-trade (I believe), but it is definitly easy to forget when you see a product in nice wrapping. We should all make an effort to make it possible to produce chocolate/food organically and without the use of slaves. Lets save the earth and the people on it!

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Fear-trade or fair-trade? I guess it goes for the same in some occasions ...

Fair chocolate of high quality: Grenada Chocolate Company 71%. Cute web sites too: http://www.grenadachocolate.com/

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yeah, the website is something :-)
i didn't really like the bar a lot though...

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There are better bars, yes, but there are also lots of bars similar to Grenada's - and if taste is almost the same, the whole concept of Grenada makes it a winning one for me :-)

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very true!
but i find it hard to beat chocolate society's organic bar! it even beats most non-organic bars imo.

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oops... fair-trade that is...

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December 14, 2004 - 6:53 pm
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A few other links:

World Cocoa Foundation:
[url]http://www.chocolateandcocoa.org/[/url]

Child Slavery in Your Chocolate - RadicalThought.org:
[url]http://www.radicalthought.org/[/url]

The Food Revolution - Is There Slavery In Your Chocolate?
[url]http://www.foodrevolution.org/slavery_chocolate.htm[/url]

The Weinrich chocolate factory in Germany produces chocolates from fairly traded cocoa beans:
[url]http://www.weinrich-schokolade.de/en/index.htm[/url]

World Wildlife Fund:
[url]www.worldwildlife.org/[/url]

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"The Cocoa Industry in West Africa: A history of exploitation" is an interesting report by Anti-Slavery International, dated 2004.

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This report provides an in-depth analysis of how cocoa is produced and how child and slave labour enter its chain of production. It relates the history of cocoa and explores how this commodity fits within a global market. Drawing on a wide ran ge of sources, it concludes with recommendations for consumers, the chocolate industry and governments on actions needed to address this serious problem.


I recommend reading this report (71-pages) since this is a complicated problem where most of us have limited knowledge. You'll learn a lot about how cocoa beans are traded and the industry behind.
[url="http://www.antislavery.org/homepage/resources/cocoa%20report%202004.pdf"]Read the report - 1,4 MB PDF-file![/url]

Our respond should be based on facts, not media coverage.

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