How Ironic The Chocolate Has Its Dark Side

Ironically, the chocolate industry has its dark side.

Cocoa and chocolate are enjoyed by millions worldwide, with Switzerland being famous for its chocolates. Did you know that an average person in Switzerland consumes 10 kilos of chocolate?

Getty Images IVORY COAST – DECEMBER 2015: In a small secluded farming commune near Abengourou, a young boy – perhaps 10 years old sits among a group of men in a tight circle around a mound of Cocoa melons, breaking them open and scooping the fleshy seeds out. Eventually, the “meat” of the fruit is discarded, and the seeds set out to dry. These dry seeds become the basic ingredient for chocolate production. Chocolate production has been plagued by the use of child labor, with many companies unable or unwilling to halt the practice. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images Reportage)

However, the cocoa sector faces significant challenges, particularly in West Africa, where an estimated 1.5 million children work in cocoa farms: child labor.

As consumers, we have the power to make a difference. Let’s advocate for human rights and demand ethical practices in the cocoa industry.

It is crucial because governments, chocolate companies, civil society, and non-profits must work together to tackle this issue.

In an ideal world, we would read the labels of every chocolate we buy. Unfortunately, the labels don’t say anything about child labor.

Check out this Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa article: “The Bitter Side of Chocolate.”
The article highlights critical points in this industry: “The cocoa sector faces a number of challenges. A large proportion of cocoa farmers are affected by poverty, and child labor remains a prevailing issue, particularly in West Africa. In addition, cocoa is often produced at the expense of the environment.”

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