Ignorance might be bliss, but only for the ignorant person. I might be ignorant in many respects but I still believe education is a powerful tool that enriches our lives. I really hate being a Debbie Downer but sometimes you just have to take a stand and choose knowledge over ignorant bliss.
Today I was browsing my Facebook “news feed” when a post by a dear friend called my attention. It was a link to an article about child slavery and the chocolate industry. After reading the article I was moved to watch the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate. And now I am urging you to take 45 minutes of your day and watch it. I know we are all busy, I know we can’t fight every fight but I also know for every person that decides to take a stand a change will occur in the world.
The issue with child trafficking and slavery in the chocolate industry is one of those things we can easily take a stand on. You do not have to go to Africa and save the children, you do not have to stand in front of Nestle, Mars or Hershey’s headquarters and protest, you do not have to go to the President of the United States and discuss the issue; but you can stop buying chocolate from manufacturers that source from child slavery.
I love chocolate as much as the next girl but I am going to go ahead and say it, chocolate is not a necessity. No chocolate treat is worth a child being taken from his home and being abused. And no company is exempt from being held accountable for where their product comes from. You would think that a company that makes billions of dollars a year could afford to know and choose fair trade sources, but you would be wrong. I am sure there are a lot of politics and money involved but there should be zero tolerance for slavery, period.
As a parent I am horrified by this issue. As a human being I am enraged and saddened by all this cruelty and indifference.
When a child is tortured in order for your child to have a “kiss” of chocolate it is time to start reconsidering things.
I want my children to know the difference between right and wrong. I want my children to be safe, healthy and happy. I want my children to be fair and kind. And I want my children to enjoy the bliss that comes from being mindful, not ignorant.
What can you do about it? You can visit Stop the Traffik to find out about this issue and what chocolate manufacturers practice fair trade. Visit Food Empowerment Project to see how your food choices affect the world and use their free app that includes their chocolate approved list. And you can make better choices when purchasing your chocolate.
We have to start being the change we want to see in the world, or no change will come. We can do it!
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