Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Chocolate week

It's Chocolate Week, in case you needed an excuse for more chocolate. Here’s some information about different types we have mentioned in class.
Traidcraft has been fighting poverty through trade, with all its profits going back to the producers. It has made a commitment to convert to sustainable palm oil for all of its products. Good news for the orang utangs.
Divine Chocolate Kuapa Kokoo, the farmers' co-operative that produces the cocoa for Divine.
Outside of these ethical leaders, the chocolate trade is anything but sweet. More than a third of cocoa traded globally comes from Ivory Coast recently 54 children were rescued from slave labour, from its plantations. Violence in the country since 2002 has also been called the "chocolate war, with hundreds dying in conflicts over the cocoa trade.
In February, the Gates Foundation pledged £14.4m to examine conditions in the west African trade. Hershey, Kraft Foods and Mars have pledged a further £26.3m to the project. And since Cadbury's Dairy Milk brand went Fairtrade – things are perhaps looking up for these children and adults.
Chocolate is a good example of how ethical consumption can change things in the world. Even before Dairy Milk's decision sales of Fairtrade chocolate in the UK grew from £1m in 1998 to £26.8m in 2008. Cadbury's will be supplied by Kuapa Kokoo, the co-op that co-owns Divine. If it hadn’t been for Divine spending years working with farmers and educating people like us about this issue, there's no way Cadbury's could have changed to Fairtrade.

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