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10.24.2019

Is Your Chocolate Made From Child Slavery?
10 Ethical Chocolates For This Halloween

[Credit: Equal Exchange]
Is the Halloween chocolate you hand out to trick-or-treaters every year made from child slavery? 

According to a U.S. Labor Department report, 60% of the world’s cocoa supply for the mass-produced chocolate industry comes from West African countries of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. These regions are steeped in dire poverty and notoriously rife with labor exploitation and human trafficking, with the average cacao farmer making less than $0.80 per hour (compared to the liveable wage of $2.50 per hour) and an estimated 2 million children enslaved in the fields. It has been described as one of the world's worst child labor crisis.

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