Child slavery and chocolate

With Valentine's Day this Friday, everyone is talking about chocolate.  Either they are looking forward to chocolate on the day itself, or the gigantic sale that happens the next day.  February and chocolate go hand in hand.



But have you ever considered what goes into the chocolate you buy?  Besides the FDA's disturbing limits for rat hairs, insect parts, rat droppings, etc., there is also the blood, sweat, and tears of children.  For the people who eat chocolate, slavery is a far gone thing of the past.  Children working in fields instead of going to school?  Isn't that illegal?



In the "civilized" Western world where people eat chocolate without a second thought - except maybe for the calories - these thoughts never cross our minds.  We do not consider the hard work that goes into making chocolate; we just assume machines do it and no one gets hurt.  After all, isn't everything done by machines these days?  And how could something like chocolate, which is so commonplace, promote slavery?



Well, it does.  Here is a CNN article on the topic, but I assure you there are many more.  Oxfam, Amnesty, every human rights organization, and investigative journalists have showcased this issue.  With Valentine's Day upon us, take time to consider the message you are really sending with chocolate.



Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find – The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery - CNN.com Blogs:


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