Avoid these 8 bad chocolate companies and buy from these 14 good ones instead.
Americans alone spend over a billion dollars every year on Halloween buying chocolate, which accounts for about 10% of most chocolate company’s yearly revenue. Additionally the average American citizen eats over 11 pounds of chocolate every single year! Unfortunately most of don’t realize that these companies, with their friendly advertisements and external wrappings are deeply engaged in child trafficking!
A lawsuit was actually filed against eight major companies – including Hershey, Mars, and Nestle – that the companies were deceiving consumers into funding the child slave labor trade in West Africa, home to two thirds of the world’s cacao beans which are key ingredients in chocolates.
Worker ages range from 11-16 and sometimes even younger. These children are basically trapped and imprisoned in isolated farms away from everything, where they have to work 80 to 100 hours a week!
The film Slavery: A Global Investigation spoke with some of the freed children who explained that they were beaten with fists and even belts and whips.
“The beatings were a part of my life,” said a young former slave Aly Diabate. “Anytime they loaded you with bags (of cocoa beans) and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again.”
To help you avoid supporting slavery and enjoying chocolate with a clean conscience, Here’s a listen of eight chocolate companies that benefit from child slavery:
Guittard Chocolate Company
Currently the number of children working in the cocoa industry has increased by 51 percent from 2009 to 2014 and this will never change until we as consumers refuse to buy products from these evil companies.
As one freed boy put it: “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.”
Here is a list of companies that are dedicated to using ethical practices in producing the chocolates we love:
Green and Black’s
L.A. Burdick Chocolates
Denman Island Chocolate
Newman’s Own Organics
Kailua Candy Company
Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company
Rapunzel Pure Organics
The Endangered Species Chocolate Company
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