Shockingly, The chocolate industry makes a total of eighty-billion dollars a year, and over ten million cocoa farmers depend on this for income. Surprisingly, this averages out to about eight thousand dollars a year. If you think about it, eight thousand dollars in not a lot of money per year, but in Africa the value different. The average income in Ivory Coast is about 1,400 dollars, therefore the workers have enough money to pay the children, for they are making just under 6 times the amount of an average worker in Ivory Coast. The children are not paid to work, but the man owning the plantation does.
Chocolates, has become one of the most popular food type and flavor around the world. From its origin in South America to the tables of Europe and America, chocolate has a long history. Since cacao trees only grow in tropical climates and requires a labor-intensive process to harvest, as plantation owners turned to the slave trade as a means of supplying cheap labor. Chocolate productions usually come from Africa. One of the examples is Nestle Company; they get their chocolates from Ivory Coast, Africa.
Because of this reason, some problems occur like scarcity of cacao. On the other hand, the industry is struggling to provide adequate resources to solve this problem. “The industry struggles to provide enough cacaos. Increase of revenues at chocolate confectionary shows that the demand of chocolate will increase %30 until 20195”. Last a hundred years, chocolate confectionary achieved growth, but at present supply is not enough for demand because farmers, who work at cacao sector; is not slighted.
Commercial farming most frequently originates from developed nations. The harvested crop may be processed on-site (or shipped to a processing facility belonging to the farm owners) and then sold to a wholesaler as a complete product, or it may be sold as-is for further processing in another place. Commercial agriculture system differs considerably from survival agriculture practice as the main objective of commercial agriculture is achieving higher income through economies of scale, occupation, opening of capital-intensive farming techniques, labor-saving technologies and maximization of crop yield per hector through synthetic and natural resources (Edel,
Some individuals just can’t get enough of the sweet things. Actually, sales of chocolates equal $83 billion per year throughout the world. The Mars company is the world’s largest candy producer and in 2013 made $16.8 billion in net sales. Back in 2012, Switzerland was the nation eating the most chocolate per capita. The majority of nations with the greatest per capita chocolate consumption are in Europe.
This helps to spread awareness regarding the exploitation of children in the cocoa industry to the public and encourage them to support the campaign. However, chocolate companies like Hershey’s has not completely talk about allegations of child labour in its supply chain and refuses to deliver any information about where it gets its cocoa (Child Labor and Slavery in the Chocolate Industry, 2014). This lack of clarity and responsibility highlights the company’s failure to take action despite having all the resources and power to reduce child labour. In 2011, it is seen that major chocolate companies still buy cocoa from farms that use child labour, including those certified by UTZ and Rainforest Alliance (Child Labor and Slavery in the Chocolate Industry, 2014). Hence, the fair trade logos on chocolates could not be trusted and despite the claims, child labour still persists the cocoa farms in West
In the article, “Chocolate Milk Gets Nutritionists’ Gold Star”, an online survey of 1, 247 parents represent what opinions there are about serving chocolate milk in schools. To begin with, 84 percent of the parents thought chocolate milk is an “acceptable beverage to serve” in schools. This shows that most parents agree with serving chocolate milk in cafeterias. Another fact found was that 75 percent of all the 1, 247 parents felt that although chocolate milk has added sugars, the benefits of the milk overrules it. This discovery tells me that the parents who took the survey don’t mind that sugar is in the chocolate milk, as long as their children get the nutrients and vitamins that they need.
An estimated 98% of the world’s cotton farms are currently working and living the rapid developing world. The farmers of these farms are responsible of 75% of global cotton production, however they are members of the agricultural poor farmers and working on small cotton plots. Resulting forced child slavery, an obvious violation of the Worst Forms of Child Labor. These victims are intimidated, abused, exploited and working with extreme pressure every day for the world’s cotton production which is worth an estimated of at least US$32 billion. “If we want to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, greater effort needs to be made to address child labor in agriculture.” Stated by the International Program on the Elimination of Child Slavery (IPEC).
Subsistence farming is used in the Central African Republic to make ends meet. However, this becomes very difficult because of the extreme dry weathers where an excess of sun kills a majority of the crops and results in corn that that is not sufficient for the people in CAR. Some instances in CAR even went to an extent that families had been forced to sell their possessions and pull children out of school and resort to begging in order to gain an income to feed the families of CAR. To worsen the problem, the conflict between Christians and the Muslim minority forced 600000 people to move to other parts of the country. The production of crops is now 54% lower than pre-crisis levels.
You have a love for chocolates? Chocolate, usually referred to as the 'food of the gods ' in the U.S. is a part of human diet for almost 4,000 years. Originated from a region surrounding the Amazon basin and finally,introduced to the Western world by Christopher Columbus upon his return from fourth voyage to the New World in 1502, chocolate is now loved worldwide. A new research found that eating six bars of chocolate in a week reduces the chance of developing a dangerous type of heartbeat - that causes stroke, heart failure, cognitive decline, dementia and death, by almost 20 percent. One of the most widespread heart disease called Atrial fibrillation or heart flutter affects almost 33 million people worldwide, with chances of occuring in one