Taking a Bite Out of Child Labor

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Child Labor prevention programs in the cocoa sector have been slow to start, and insufficient. Our new “Big Chocolate” Scorecard looks in to what’s happening now.   NGOs and news outlets in the West first shined a light on the issue of child labor and extreme poverty among cocoa growing communities in West Africa in the early 2000’s. Since then, major […]

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Chocolate is Big Business on Valentine’s Day

Between the  gifts for sweethearts and the cards for colleagues, Americans spent nearly $19 billion on Valentine’s Day last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Part of that spending, a whopping $1.7 billion, was spent on just candy and chocolate. It’s likely that 2016 could yield similar figures. But how much of this money makes it’s way back to cocoa farmers? Annually, the global chocolate industry commands more than $83 billion.  Since most chocolate on store shelves in the United States comes from West Africa, Green America has been persistently pressuring US cocoa companies to step up and take care of the workers—and child laborers—in their supply chains. This infographic traces the conventional cocoa supply chain in an effort to show where the majority of the money consumers spends on a chocolate bar ends up. Purchasing fair trade chocolate from companies that have more direct relationships with farmers is important, as is ongoing pressure on manufacturers, processors, and traders, to improve the situation for farmers and their families. Check out our Chocolate Scorecard to find organic and fair trade options for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Click here to download the 1-page version of our Infographic. Share this:

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The End of Chocolate?

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Chocolate Too Cheap to Be Sustainable. Farmers Making as Little as 50 Cents Per Day. Inadequate Responses Mounted So Far to Address Very Serious Problems.These are the findings of our new report: The Cocoa Barometer Our new report, available online at www.cocoabarometer.org, is being released as cocoa industry representatives gather in Washington at the World Cocoa Foundation conference to discuss […]

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Hershey’s Kisses Will Get A Makeover By 2016

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Hershey announced yesterday it will source enough certified and sustainable cocoa in 2016 to surpass the amount of cocoa required for the global production of four of its most popular chocolate brands including: Hershey’s Bars Kisses Kit Kat(United States only) Brookside This announcement comes a little more than a month after Hershey announced it would transition to “simpler ingredients” in its […]

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“Big Chocolate” brings in $83 billion per year. Where does all this money end up?

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The global chocolate industry commands more than $83 billion annually, but how much of this gets back to the farmers? Since most chocolate on US store shelves comes from West Africa, Green America has been persistently pressuring US cocoa companies to step up and take care of the workers—and child laborers—in their supply chains. This infographic traces the conventional cocoa supply […]

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Spotlight on Hershey, 2 Years Later

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Exactly two years ago, Hershey announced it would source only ethically certified cocoa by 2020. This announcement came after years of pressure on Hershey to prevent child labor on West African cocoa farms from Green America members and our allies Two years later, we’re checking on Hershey’s progress and on how these commitments have impacted cocoa growing communities. But first, […]

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Low Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Hey Green Americans, remember me? I’m the editor who bragged about kicking her sugar addiction. Well the sugar-free fast is no more. While I don’t eat much sugar nowadays, every once in a while I do break down. I’m not proud. But because of the fast, normal desserts are just too sweet for me. So, instead of making a straight-up […]

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Update from the Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group

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On March 12, 2013 nearly 100 interested stakeholders met to discuss the progress made in the last year by the programs of the Joint Declaration of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, towards reducing child labor in the cocoa sectors of Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. The Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG) task force came together in September 2010 to support the implementation of the […]

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Encounters with Cocoa

Cocoa Pods. The cocoa bean is in the center, surrounded by pulp.

After nearly three years of campaigning on cocoa issues, it was very exciting to see real cocoa pods in person. Because cocoa can only grow in tropical climates, roughly 15 degrees north and south of the equator, it’s not a crop that will flourish in the United States.  The cocoa pod is denser than I expected, and very much shaped […]

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