Bitter Chocolate

Bitter Chocolate

Investigating the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2006
ISBN: 9780679313199
0679313192
Branch Call Number: 338.476413374 Off 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 326 p

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Libannia
Nov 21, 2015

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.

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CB2295
Dec 04, 2011

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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