Saturday, 18 July 2009

Bitter Chocolate

Chocolate is an unexplainable pleasure. The way it melts in your mouth, filling the inside of your mouth with luscious pleasure, and leaving that nice and creamy after taste in your mouth. But there is a bitter story behind chocolate. 43% the world's cocoa beans come from the Ivory Coast in Africa. The International Labour Organisation says 12,000 children have been trafficked to the Ivory Coast to work in the cocoa farms under extreme and harsh conditions with no proper food and care, not to mention the constant physical abuse that they suffer.

It is very ironic that something that brings such pleasure to most people in the world, especially in the Western world where you find the most chocolate consumers, is actually derived from the pain and suffering of others in poor countries.


Fely said...

I'll switch to apples instead, then.

PengPeng said...

you can still do chocolate, but buy fairtrade :) Waitrose and Marks do some really good ones. There is 'Dubble' Chocolate bar as well. it's a rice crispy fairtrade bar which is really yummy !! Fairtrade is a little pricey but if you think of the good you're doing by buying it, it makes us feel just a bit better about ourselves.

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