Monday, February 9, 2009
Chocolate with a Heart
This chocolate is a gift from the cocoa gods (or proof that God really does love us)!! Divine chocolate is some of the best chocolate I have ever partaken of and I have enjoyed an abundance of chocolate. As a farmer-owned fair trade company they are not only producing amazing chocolate they are providing sustainable economic growth. I seriously love, love, love this chocolate.
Fair Trade chocolate tastes better in general- it is usually higher quality, and it doesn't reek of child labor and slavery.
Just in case you haven't crossed over into the world of fair or ethically traded only chocolate here is an excerpt from an article I was checking out:
"Today about 70% of the world's chocolate comes from West Africa, while the remaining bit is harvested in Central/South America and Asia. About 40% of the world's cocoa comes from the small West African country Ivory Coast where in 2002 it was discovered that 284,000 children were trapped in bonded labor on cocoa farms. 15,000 of those children have been trafficked from surrounding countries, the majority of which are Mali, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon, West Africa's other cocoa producers are also known to receive and provide trafficked children." (http://knol.google.com/k/responsible-shoppers/modern-day-slavery/3vc4m1bitkaj4/4#)
The article goes on to discuss the multitudes that rely on the cocoa industry and how much we as American's consume. It is pretty interesting. The site has some helpful links to understanding the problem in multiple industries.
Happy Chocolate shopping!