Around this time last year, I posted a link to an article at RELEVANTmagazine.com about the true human cost of our Easter chocolate:
In March 2004, Tony van de Keuken of the Netherlands walked into a public prosecutor’s office and asked to be arrested. His crime? Eating chocolate.
Tony understood the sobering reality that thousands of children are forced to work in the cocoa farms of Cote d’Ivoire where most of the world’s cocoa (the beans from which we make chocolate) grows. He realized that child slavery taints most of the chocolate produced in the world. In the Netherlands, it is illegal, and punishable by up to four years in prison, to purchase something you know was obtained using criminal methods. So Tony ate some chocolate and asked the prosecutors to arrest him as a chocolate criminal. The way he saw it, as a consumer of chocolate, he knowingly supported the systems of child labor and human slavery…
World Vision has created a pretty comprehensive Good Chocolate Guide as part of their Don’t Trade Lives campaign – a great resource for anyone wanting to go fairtrade this Easter!