here has been some recent activity relating to the problem of child labor on cacao plantations, and I thought it would be interesting to look at some of it.
Here is a story about the cocoa industries’ goals:
- Global Chocolate and Cocoa Industry Reaffirms Long-Term Commitment to Responsible Cocoa Farming Through New Partnership (prnewswire.com)
And here is a piece about how Hershey is behind other companies on verifying the labor practices of their suppliers:
- Time for Hershey to Raise the Bar on Fair Cocoa (humantrafficking.change.org)
There is progress, but not nearly enough for my tastes. If you find out any more info about these issues, please let us know. We want to keep track of the industry’s progress in dealing with child labor!
I read an excellent book a couple years ago(so nothing new or recent), called Bitter Chocolate. You can hear the author discuss it at http://www.tinyurl.com/2bdmj3o .