Annual Chocolate Fondue Night!

Today LA Stop the Traffik held its second meeting of the quarter! Tonight’s topic was fair-trade products. Chocolate is a product that many people consume regularly in many forms. It’s accessible, affordable, and delicious. However, a lot of companies get their chocolate through unfair practices, such as child labor. For tonight’s event, we purchased fair-trade chocolate from Trader Joe’s and had a fondue night!

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As a compliment to our fondue treat, we screened part of a documentary by BBC called “Chocolate The Bitter Truth.” This investigative piece took place in Burkina Faso, one of the Western African countries that contribute to more than 70% of cocoa. The documentary showed how children were the source of the labor and what danger they were exposed to as they were exploited for profit.

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After the documentary was over, the members were surprised to learn about where chocolate came from and who was harvesting the cocoa. This shows that a lot of the products we purchase and consume daily may come from the labor of exploited children and adults and with some research, we can be more aware.

Sources:

A link to the documentary can be found here.

Food Empowerment Project.

 

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