February 4th, 2014
04:32 PM ET

Cocoa-nomics: Now can chocolate companies stamp out slavery?

Two years ago, the documentary Chocolate's Child Slaves exposed the plight of youngsters forced to harvest the beans that make the chocolate we eat around the world. Many of the children made to work in the cocoa plantations in countries like Ivory Coast have never even tasted chocolate. Now CNN has returned to the plantations, this time with the Executive Vice President of Nestle, to find out if anything has changed and to see if the chocolate industry is willing and able to eradicate slavery from its supply chains.

Cocoa-nomics, presented by Richard Quest, will air on CNN International for the first time on February 27. You can watch the trailer above. And we'd like to hear from you too if you are taking steps to make sure the food you eat is not produced by slave labor. Find out more in our iReport assignment.


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  1. Jason Moffat

    Excited about this doc! On average, Canadians consume 4kgs of chocolate per year #GoodChocolate What if we ALL ate ethical chocolate? http://ow.ly/tjeCp

    February 5, 2014 at 11:11 am | Reply
  2. Allyson

    Reblogged this on Mindful Blogging and commented:
    February 27th, watch, watch!

    February 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  3. Femi oduberu

    Cnn is the best

    February 10, 2014 at 6:50 am | Reply
  4. Desi

    Raw Material from Africa…. Manufactured in China…..But, God Bless America……LOL

    February 14, 2014 at 4:55 am | Reply
  5. hallometsteven

    reblogged at http://wp.me/p2P0P-2Ov

    child slavery and chocolate: it's all about unfair trade and politics

    February 14, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
  6. Obinna okoli

    Child Slavery is evil; every hand must be on deck to fight it. Access to free and compulsary Education should be encouraged...stop stop stop child slaVery.

    February 15, 2014 at 8:56 am | Reply
  7. Joanne

    I'm ashamed and alarmed as Hershey stock climbs daily....and stockholders cash in ...and executives in the company..family men and women themselves......although hardworking people could go on with their daily lives knowing their work causes such a life for others.......having lagged behind in human rights for profit!! No wonder we are given the reputation as "The Ugly American".

    February 16, 2014 at 8:05 am | Reply
  8. KitKat

    So one of the main problems identified is that the Ivory Coast government sets the price of cocoa and they set it too low. So the laborers resort to either using free slave child labor, or face not making any money. The question I have is, why does the government set the price so low? Are they being bribed by the chocolate companies? If they are the biggest cocoa producers, surely the chocolate companies would have to buy their cocoa anyway even if prices were higher...

    February 23, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
  9. arit esuabana

    to reduce the rate of modern day slavery and child labour associated with d productio of cocoa in ivory coast, efforts of this vulnerable group should be replaced with mechanise farming so as to reduce stress and also pave way for effective education.imperalism is still on focus,where the rich nations exploit the potentials of this developing countries leading to a situatio of d rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer hence,i appeal to their consience.the foreign buyers should think of establishing cocoa farm education centers this is to enable the children make use of their time educationaly as well as cocoa production

    February 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  10. adewole

    Hello I'm James writing to you from India, I'm studying here India maybe you should try and visit Nigeria about cocoa harvesting and child Labour and how much they are selling the cocoa and things farmers face and difficulty that farmers face from the middle man and please I'm a student and I helped my dad a lot on his cocoa farm and his 107 years old and still trying is best to make the cocoa farm go on. All I want is changes in Nigeria cocoa farming in ondo state because is the only thing that pay my fees and my lil sis now and I will love to hear from you thanks.

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    There is no child slavery in Trinidad & Tobago Cocoa industry, buy Cocoa from Trinidad & Tobago. Stop supporting countries that allow an even encourage child slavery.

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