CNEHT Newsletter April 2017
Easter is almost here. And despite the spiritual aspect, we continue to celebrate with the chocolate bunny in its full glory. Every year, ninety million chocolate bunnies are produced to meet the Easter demand, generating (along with other Easter candies) over $2.26 billion. However, despite the ease with which these innocent bunnies bounce into our shopping carts, their origins may not be so innocent.
Over 70% of cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, comes from the southern shores of Western Africa, specifically Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Despite generating over $110 billion a year, the industry has a century-long history of forced and child labor. According to the US Department of State, over 100,000 children in the Ivory Coast cocoa industry work under the “worst forms of child labor.” Issues of trafficking and severe child labor within cocoa production sparked the US government to demand changes from leaders in the industry. More…