Furthermore, although I knew this before, the human right issue has become an issue for me. I'm meant to care about human rights, right? I'm a Christian. I don't like it when there's injustice in the world. People will claim all sorts of injustice for them and I would rather not get involved in their causes because of the Biblical authority I stand on.But chocolate is one that I CAN get involved in. Because CHILDREN and being SOLD into SLAVERY to produce the chocolate YOU so regularly indulge in.
I indulged in it too. I ignored the facts. I ignored the children I couldn't see because my western luxuries were too important for me to let go off. But having gotten it out of the way, I can see it clearly. Every bite of chocolate over the past week has left a bitter taste of guilt (except for a fair-trade cacao bean a fellow prac student gave me, which left a bitter taste of cacao bean). I don't want to be self righteous because "I was in the dark and saw the light therefore I stopped eating chocolate". I want to be upfront and say that I stopped eating chocolate FIRST OF ALL as a way to exercise self control over my food. Now I don't want to eat it because every time I do, I feel that I am taking part in child slavery. Even chocolate that has already been bought.
Is there chocolate that's fair-trade? I'm going to find out! Will writing letters to these big corporations help? I certainly hope so, because I'm going to start! And I want to write a letter to my local MP too.
*sigh* I'm still going to have white chocolate mud cake as my wedding cake though. Even though the cacao butter used in white chocolate comes from cacao beans. But maybe I can find some fair-trade white chocolate... *goes to hunt around*
DISCLAIMER: I don't mean to directed this all at you in such an accusing tone. I'm sorry. I mean YOU in the all encompassing, general first-world sense. Not at individuals. Though I do believe we should all be aware of the problem and act accordingly. I'm annoyed at Big Chocolate companies for not being ethical and ensuring their chocolate is fair-trade. And I'm very unlikely to believe Nestle's claim that they are, considering their abhorrent debacle with nursing milk, and controversies that are still ongoing!! For goodness sake, get your act together Nestle!!