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The Chocolate Revolution is a project aimed at encouraging the consumption of fair trade chocolate through educating about the enslavement of children in the cocoa farms in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Africa.
What’s the Deal?
It is estimated that over 200,000 children have been enslaved, many of them trafficked, in the cocoa fields where they are forced under harsh conditions to work for little to no pay. 40% of the world’s cocoa is sourced from these farms.
What Can I Do?
It’s very easy to NOT participate in the system that exploits children workers…All you have to do is buy “Fair-trade” chocolate. Fair trade is a simple labeling system. Similar to when something is labeled “organic” which means there was a very limited and regulated amount, if any, of pesticides used in the process of growing. “Fair-trade” signifies the workers involved in farming the product were paid fair living wages for their labor.
Here is what the fair-trade symbol looks like:
Look for it next time you’re browsing around the grocery store!
Here is a great source for learning more about fair trade and which chocolate companies are fair trade: