The bitter truth about chocolate was brought home to me by this video..
The video I am about to share with you now!
This video makes my blood boil!
But before I am too upset to write, let me share this video with you
Chocolate is one of the healthiest foods on earth-especially if it is the dark one that has not been adulterated.
I even made a post about the health benefits of dark chocolate
The facts about dark chocolate have not changed
What most of us did not know is how chocolate gets to us
With this video, we've run out of excuses.
This is 2016!
If this video does not make you cry, you are either dead or evil to the core
In fact, I was physically sick!!
The chocolate manufacturers signed a vaunted protocol agreement in 2001.
That agreement purportedly outlawed child labor or there would no sale
That meant they knew it was going on!
But notice how they gave themselves 7 years, BEFORE anyone needed to comply!
That agreement did not kick in until 2008!
So for 7 years after the so called historic agreement, the farmers could still exploit children..
And the chocolate manufacturers could pat themselves on the back and go home to their own children, with a clean conscience
In spite of that agreement, this evil still goes on!
Could you see the fear and desperation in the faces of these children?
They look so scared hoping someone would help them
What do you wish for your children?
What hope do these children have?
What future can they look forward to?
How would you feel IF these are YOUR children?
I challenge you to direct that outrage into action!
Now let us be frank with ourselves:
Do you think..
IF it's found that European children are exploited the way these African children are, that it would take as long as seven weeks to stop it?
So while the West munches on this delicious indulgence, in between sips of champagne, desperate mothers in Mali and Ivory Coast cry for their children!
But maybe we are NOT guilty about this bitter truth about chocolate yesterday..
..before we see this video
But we would be guilty by association IF we do not do something about it
Am I asking you to swear off Chocolate?
I am asking you to get in touch with these chocolate manufacturers, let them know, you know what is going on.
And demand they do something-immediately!
I am also asking you:
Get in touch with your Government, and demand.. yes demand, an International Conference on this modern slavery
With provision to punish
1 The smugglers
2 Chocolate manufacturers-for violating the very agreement they signed
3 The politicians who colluded with or turn a blind eye to this evil
And these in International court!
I am not a lawyer but my understanding is that under international law..
1 Child labor is illegal
2 Human trafficking is illegal
3 Child abuse is illegal
4 Kidnapping is an aggravated felony
I am begging you to only buy Certified Fair Trade Organic Chocolate
That is how we are all going to hit these bad actors where it hurts
Their Pocket Books!
Chocolate manufacturers would pretend they do not know what's going on as you see in the video
But they do-and encourage it.
How else are you going to pay 1 Euro for a kilo of cocoa, but for slave labor?
Slavery has come back to Africa!
The commodity this time is not COTTON
It is COCOA
But the usual suspects are the same
1 Foreigners who do not think the lives of locals is worth anything
2 Locals who are willing to sell their country for a pot of porridge
This bitter truth is bitter alright..
To those who have a conscience, that is!
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I really can't express all in my head right now because I am so outraged
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