Please consider contacting your favorite chocolate company to pressure them to enact fair trade standards in the cocoa industry. Google “chocolate farm” and you will find articles about widespread abuse of children in west Africa.
This is a point of particular weakness for me as I wrestle with my relationship with chocolate daily. I don’t think the answer is simply avoiding chocolate (although it would be beneficial to my waistline if I could…) but in voicing our concern as consumers.
No perfect solutions, I know, but I am heartbroken by the idea that hundreds of thousands of young boys live in hellish conditions because of the way chocolate is grown, harvested, and produced.
Got any ideas?