good chocolate

According to Stop the Traffik,

  • nearly half the world’s chocolate is made from cocoa grown in the Cote d’Ivoire, in Africa
  • 12,000 children have been trafficked into cocoa farms in Cote d’Ivoire
  • when we buy chocolate we are being forced to be oppressors ourselves as we have no guarantee that the chocolate we eat is ‘traffik free’

They’ve produced a (pdf) guide to good chocolate, listing the brands which are guaranteed not to have had trafficked people involved in harvesting the cocoa beans. That includes anything with a fair trade label on it, including fairtrade own-brand products from the Co-Op, Tesco, and Marks and Spencers.

The UK has one of the world’s highest per capita consumption levels for chocolate (second highest in Europe). I wouldn’t really like to comment on how much of that figure is contributed by me alone, but I can say that Divine chocolate is good chocolate whatever way you look at it.

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