First of all, unless the chocolate specifies fair trade or slavery free it is being harvested by children in West Africa. These children are duped away from their families and into thinking they are getting a “fair” job that will provide income for their families. As soon as they arrive their papers are removed and they are presented with a sum of money to pay for travel that they will never be able to pay back. They are then required to work 16 hours a day harvesting cacao so we can have chocolate bunnies on Easter, and at any other time of the year.
Personally it hits me right in the gut, literally, when I think about how much chocolate I have consumed that was produced on the backs of child slaves.
This is the reason why I am writing this blog, because I know too much!
The following companies are slave free and fair trade:
- Sweet Riot – My personal favorite
- Scarborough Fair
- Maya Gold
- Alter Eco
- Whittakers Creamy Milk Block
Not fair trade or slave free:
- Nestle – except 2 finger Kit Kat
- Hershey – because it dos not reveal its sources – despite legal actions to do so!
- Mars Company – includes M&M’s
Here is my second point, Easter has to do with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! So far as I can tell in my reading of the Bible I have yet to find a bunny, specifically a chocolate one! So now your children are careening around the house on chocolate overload because of the sugar! They can not sit still, and will most likely pick up some virus in church because their little immune systems have become depressed because of the sugar.
Why do we use these occasions to gratify the flesh? Don’t even get me started about Christmas Cookies!!!