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Sat Oct 31, 2015, 01:25 PM

Happy Halloween: Beware These 10 Popular Chocolate Brands that Exploit Child Slaves

Worker ages range from 11-16 (sometimes younger). They are trapped in isolated farms, where they work 80 to 100 hours a week. The film Slavery: A Global Investigation spoke with freed children who reported that they were often beaten with fists and belts and whips.

“The beatings were a part of my life,” Aly Diabate, a freed slave, told reporters. “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 this Halloween, Here’s are ten chocolate companies that benefit from child slave labor:

Hershey

Mars

Nestle

ADM Cocoa

Guittard Chocolate Company

Godiva

Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut

Fowler’s Chocolate

Kraft

See’s Candies

http://usuncut.com/news/beware-of-these-10-popular-chocolate-brands-that-exploit-child-slaves/

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Reply Happy Halloween: Beware These 10 Popular Chocolate Brands that Exploit Child Slaves (Original post)
ellenrr Oct 2015 OP
think Oct 2015 #1
fadedrose Oct 2015 #2
Warpy Oct 2015 #25
Retrograde Oct 2015 #3
Shandris Oct 2015 #8
karynnj Oct 2015 #13
spooky3 Oct 2015 #20
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Oct 2015 #26
ryan_cats Oct 2015 #4
Scuba Oct 2015 #11
Squinch Oct 2015 #5
Recursion Oct 2015 #6
Squinch Oct 2015 #7
laundry_queen Oct 2015 #9
Duppers Oct 2015 #23
shanti Oct 2015 #10
NikolaC Oct 2015 #17
shanti Oct 2015 #18
NikolaC Oct 2015 #22
Lyric Oct 2015 #12
wordpix Oct 2015 #16
virgogal Oct 2015 #14
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Oct 2015 #27
wordpix Oct 2015 #15
SunSeeker Oct 2015 #19
DFW Oct 2015 #21
Duppers Oct 2015 #24
Tipperary Oct 2015 #28
sketchy Oct 2015 #29
potone Oct 2015 #30

Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 01:38 PM

1. Did not know this. Thank you for posting.

 

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 01:46 PM

2. I have a large bowl filled with Hershey's & Mars

Mars is not as good as it used to be, but Hershey's seems to me to be better than it ever was. Can't stop eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...

But I didn't know about the child labor treatment described in your OP. One question, if everyone stopped buying these candies, what will the users of child labor do next? Sell the kids? We have a lot to do with making the world safer for kids, our own too...

Will not buy candy for Halloween the way I have done in past years. I used to buy chewing gum, chips or some other treat and will try to keep your op in mind....

Maybe writing to Hershey's which is the one I buy most and ask them to look into this matter, they will demand a better life for these kids. It'll mean raising the price by a penny or two . . .

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Response to fadedrose (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:28 PM

25. Naw, they'll just drop the size down again

They're already having poor sales, people can't afford to shut the kids up in the supermarket by buying them candy bars any more.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:03 PM

3. Is there anyone else?

That list seems to include everyone.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:31 PM

8. Zachary's Chocolates is an Indiana-based company...

 

...but I don't know how much market penetration they might have. I love to buy their chocolates at Easter time.

Be warned, some people really really hate Zachary's and some like me really really like it. It might be one of those things where it's too 'poor' for some people's tastes, not sure.

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Response to Shandris (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:00 PM

13. Not to mention, it is highly likely that Zachary's starts with chocolate pellets

produced by someone. I looked at their web site and they simply spoke of using "real chocolate" -- as a comparison, here is what Lake Champlain chocolates out of Burlington says about their FAIR TRADE chocolates -- and it seems that it was not easy for them to do this.
http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/about-us/fair-trade-chocolate/ I would bet that Zachary's is buying its chocolate from some producer -- and given that they ARE NOT making the point that they sought out fair trade chocolate - they likely didn't.

Obviously the down side is they cost a lot more ... but that is the consequence of not buying chocolate grown or harvested with slave labor and buying other high quality ingredients. In some ways, this shows the dilemma that many face - not juts on chocolate that is not really a necessity - though it seems to be! Very affordable food and clothes are often at the expense of good jobs for the producers. Yet, for many, it is what they can afford --- as they too were impacted by the downward spiral of incomes. This is why I almost hesitated to post the Lake Champlain chocolates info -- they are a luxury product.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:50 PM

20. Ghirardelli's?

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:30 PM

26. There's a much more comprehensive list, actually.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:08 PM

4. So, there are workhouses? n/t

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:17 PM

5. Thank you for this. I guess it's Girardelli for me!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:23 PM

6. Sadly, no

http://www.foodispower.org/chocolate-list/

They're vertically integrated, so they are better than Nestle or Hershey, but Ghirardelli/Lindt also uses child labor.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:28 PM

7. Crap. The only one I recognize on the good list is Newman's.

I'm shocked Green and Black was on the worst list.

Good resource. Thanks.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:32 PM

9. we decided on potato chips and non-chocolate candy this year

That's not the only reason why, but it does bother me that this is still going on after all the calls YEARS ago for those major brands to make a change. They SAID they would, but I saw a documentary on how those beans get distributed and basically it's done in such a way that all the companies can have plausible deniability that THEIR chocolate comes from that, but they ALL know that it does actually go on. Sickening.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:20 PM

23. No chocolates here either.

For more than one reason.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:50 PM

10. See's?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Response to shanti (Reply #10)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:36 PM

17. I'm practically crying about that one

I guess that I am going to have to enter some type of 12 step chocolate addiction program. It's not a complete loss because it looks like there are a lot of other companies that source their cocoa beans responsibly.

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Response to NikolaC (Reply #17)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:43 PM

18. See's is a Southern California institution

Similar to Ghiradelli's in SF, but better IMO. This will hurt because I usually send my mother a large box of See's milk chocolate nuts and chews for special occasions.

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Response to shanti (Reply #18)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:58 PM

22. I know

My husband would go to one of the stores and buy a small box for me every couple of weeks since we moved here a couple of years ago. Oh well, the farmers wouldn't feel so empowered to continue their practice of using exploited child labor if these companies hadn't either looked the other way, or encouraged their practices by continuing to purchase from them knowing how the cocoa was harvested.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 02:59 PM

12. So, basically, all of them?

How are people supposed to avoid it, then??

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Response to Lyric (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:30 PM

16. There's a lot of candy out there that is not from these cos.

Theo, Equal Exchange, Green & Black, to name a few

Go to the organic section of your grocery store or a place like Whole Foods to find it.

It's so expensive, most people won't be able to buy a bar for each child. I am giving popcorn

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:11 PM

14. I would like to know what nations are involved.

 

The article has minimal info and I never buy candy so can't avoid it to make a statement.


The internet is so full of less than stellar articles it boggles the mind.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #14)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:32 PM

27. Basically, if the cocoa is sourced from countries in West Africa, there's a strong chance child

slave labour is involved, while if the cocoa is sourced from Latin America, there's very little chance.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:28 PM

15. I'm planning to give popcorn

if parents don't know me and don't trust my organic popcorn is fine, then OK, no popcorn for their kids. Commercial candy is death, not just to cocoa bean gatherers but also to buyers who eat it. It's mostly sugar. I like Theo's organic dark choc and you can eat quite a bit with no sugar shakes b/c there's hardly any sugar.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:48 PM

19. Good, Milka is not on that list. nt

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 03:50 PM

21. Glad to see that Bonnat and Hachez are not on that list

They are my two favorites.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:24 PM

24. Thank you!

K&R

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:33 PM

28. I guess I am lucky that I never liked candy.

 

This is sad to read about. I am surprised about See's Candies because I thought they were a good company.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:37 PM

29. Thank you for this post

k&r!

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2015, 04:49 PM

30. Oh hell.

I just went out and bought Hersey's chocolates and Snickers. Wish I'd read this first!

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