The Dark Side of Easter Chocolate

Source: Was Your Easter Chocolate Made with Child Labor?

Citing Rising Cost Of Ingredients, Hershey's Raises Prices 8 Percent

The major chocolate companies—from Mars to Nestlé to Hershey —are heavily reliant on these countries for their cocoa supply. Most of the cocoa is produced on small farms by farmers living in extreme poverty. That poverty often leads to child labor. In 2001, after persistent media reports about child labor abuses and trafficking stirred outrage, the chocolate industry pledged to end the practices in Ivory Coast and Ghana by 2005. But progress has been slow.

 

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