Cocoa bean harvest puts kids at risk despite chocolate makers' efforts
Date of publication: February 10, 2008
Source: The Canadian Press
Excerpt from article:
...Even as the chocolate industry is trying to curb unsavoury cocoa-farming practices in Ivory Coast and Ghana, Canadian aid workers, among others, are disappointed in the industry's snail's pace at dealing with the issue....
He noted chocolate bars have cost around a dollar since the '80s.
"This ongoing low price is really an important part of what is causing some of the difficulties for the farmers and for their communities," he said, adding that most people would pay more for chocolate if they knew it would trickle down to the farmers.
Fair trade is a market that reconnects the consumer with the producers who grow and harvest the products that stock grocery shelves and restaurants....