Nearly 300,000 children documented in recent years, working in dangerous conditions for little or no pay. Separated from their parents and families, not attending school or receiving adequate medical care. Farmers who live at subsistence level and can’t afford to care for their own families, let alone pay fair wages.
To make … M&M’s?
I’m not getting up on a soapbox, but I will say that I’m horrified to think that my children are eating treats that caused another child to suffer. And I can’t really get my head around the premise that the US candy market is simply too big to concern itself with the enslavement of children and families. British Cadbury announced in 2009 that it would use fair trade chocolate from Ghana farm collectives – which of the larger US companies is going to step forward to do the same? And why should they?
Since I’ve got some very smart friends and readers out there, I thought I’d put the questions to you Cranky Readers. What would you do to spread the word about fair trade and the children whose lives it could impact? How would you let the big candy makers know that you care about the issue? Leave a comment with your thoughts here by October 24. I’ve ordered 25 mini Equal Exchange dark chocolate (55%) bars (not the ones pictured here, which are of course long gone), and I’ll pick one commenter to give them to. [Z., the official prize-picker around here chose Chris Moran. Chris, I'll be in touch to work out getting you the chocolates!]