Chocolate

A few years ago, a friend of mine vowed to never eat chocolate again unless it was fair trade.  She felt so awful about the working conditions of those people who produced it that she felt horrible every time she ate it. It made me start thinking about chocolate. What do we really know about the chocolate making process or where it came from?  We need to start thinking what the effects of chocolate production are.

In the movie “Dive!” we saw how easy it is to ignore where our food goes, but we also ignore some of the ugly truths about where it comes from.  As a wellness focused pre-Valentine’s Day event,  we are co-hosting a film screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate” on Monday February 13th. It will be in Pacific 123 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a quick discussion about the film. We will have some local fair-trade chocolate for guests and our co-host, UO Global Health, will be handing out condoms.

If you still need convincing, check out the The Dark Side of Chocolate trailer.

I’ve never seen a cacao bean, and I don’t know anything about the lives of those who farm it. So, in the next few days before the movie, every time I eat chocolate I’ll be thinking about three questions. Tonight my three questions will be:

  1. How old is the oldest and how young is the youngest worker who picks at the farm where this was grown?
  2. How many hours a day do they work?
  3. Who actually owns the farm where this comes from?

What will your questions be?

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