If you have a sweet tooth, you should ask where your chocolate comes from. Green America has updated its Chocolate Scorecard for 2016 to help you find ethically sourced and organic sweets, and understand what different labels mean. Today, more than 2 million children in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire work in hazardous conditions growing cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, according to the US Department of Labor. While some companies have begun tracing their supply chains to prevent child labor, the vast majority of the 3 million tons of cocoa produced each year come from small farms in West Africa, where farmers and their children live on less than $1 per day.
This scorecard will help you find ethically sourced and organic sweets, and understand what these labels mean. Brands marked "B" or higher rely on a third-party labor certification for all their cocoa, whereas "C" and below only certify a portion of their chocolate products at present.
Several of our Green Business Network members earned high marks this year, including Alter Eco, Divine, Equal Exchange, Shaman, Sjaak's, and Theo Chocolate.
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