But that chocolate may be tainted with the sweat and blood of slavery and child labor.
|A child dries cocoa beans in the Ivory Coast. Food is Power.|
FACTS ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY
- Cocoa farmers earn less than $2 a day farming cocoa, so they often resort to child labor and slavery in order to make a profit
- It is estimated that over 300,000 children work in hazardous conditions harvesting cocoa in West Africa
- Children are sold into slavery in Cote D'lvoire to harvest cocoa beans
- Nearly 40% of the world's cocoa beans come from Cote D'lvoire
- To harvest cocoa pods, children use sharp machetes to access the beans
- Most of the children working on the cocoa plantations have never tasted chocolate
- Whippings and beatings are common on cocoa plantations
- Slaves who have tried to escape have had their feet cut. Others were forced to drink urine.
Documentary: The Dark Side of Chocolate