Since reading this book, I now try to only buy fair trade chocolate! It seems this industry is almost impossible to completely control, because the plantations of cocoa are more often than not, in terribly impoverished, often war- torn countries. Happily, public pressure has been working to change Cadbury's approach somewhat. Still a long way to go. The most interesting part of the book for me, was the history of the chocolate companies, Rowntree, Cadbury etc.
An interesting and rather well-written book, but it's about much more than chocolate and the cocoa it comes from. It's really about widespread corporate and political greed and the Third World social costs that arise from it. What she says about cocoa production applies equally to most production in China, where for example North American and European companies are only willing to pay about US$4 to get a pair of jeans made for them, a price that the Chinese companies can meet only if they pay their workers as little as possible and work them as long and hard as possible.
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