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Child Exploitation on Cocoa Plantations

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Fair Trade ChocolateAfter watching Newsnight last night I decided not to pick up my usual chocolate bar when I popped to the garage this morning. In fact I don’t think I’ll be able to eat one for quite some time as I felt disgusted by what I saw and ashamed of large chocolate companies profiting from the exploitation of others.

The program focused on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast; children are still being taken out of schools and forced to work on the fields missing out on education opportunities and adults are working they guts out every day for little reward. The money made from selling a bag of cocoa is so low it is hardly worth their while; most African’s who work on cocoa fields earn as little as £100 a year.

If we as a nation continue to demand chocolate products then chocolate companies will continue to exploit African workers. However, if all companies worked under the Fair Trade rules life on the cocoa plantations could be a lot better. I am more than happy to buy a Fair Trade chocolate bar even if it does cost slightly more, but until everybody else has this point of view the exploitation of laborers will no doubt continue.