Issues with Cocoa

 

The extremely low wages that farmers earn growing cacao makes it impossible for them to hire help needed to harvest their crop. This has led to forced labor and child labor being used in the growing and harvesting of cocoa.

Children are working long hoursĀ and areĀ not receiving an education. The low prices offered to small farmers lead them to pull their children from school and have them help with farming.

This results in a cycle of uneducated, poverty stricken families. Many people are upset over the working condition in the planting and harvesting of cocoa, but they still buy chocolate from multinational companies that control the supply chain because they do not want to pay more for chocolate that is from companies who pay a fair price to these farming families.

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