Bitter Chocolate: The Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet

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  • A shocking exposé of the little-known corruption and exploitation found at the heart of the multibillion-dollar cocoa industry—blood diamond for chocolate."It's the measure of a vast gulf between the children who eat chocolate on their way to school in North America and those [in Africa] who must, from childhood, work to survive...between the hand that picks the bean and the hand that unwraps the candy bar."—from the introduction to Bitter ChocolateWhether part of a child's Halloween haul or the contents of a heart-shaped box, chocolate is synonymous with pleasure. But behind the sweet image is a dark history of exploitation.Bitter Chocolate traces the fascinating origins and evolution of chocolate from the banquet table of Montezuma's Aztec court in the early sixteenth century to the bustling factories of Hershey, Cadbury, and Mars today, revealing that slavery and injustice have always been key ingredients. The heart of the book takes place in West Africa inside the Ivory Coast—the world's leading producer of cocoa beans—where, as Off discovers, profits from the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry fuel bloody civil war and widespread corruption. Faced with pressure from a crushing "cocoa cartel" demanding more beans for less money, poor farmers have turned to the cheapest labor pool possible: thousands of indentured children who pick the beans but have never themselves known the taste of chocolate.Bitter Chocolate is an absorbing social history, a passionate investigative account, and a shocking exposé of an industry that has institutionalized misery as it indulges our whims.
  • Author:
    Carol Off
    Binding:
    Hardcover
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    338.17374
    EAN:
    9781595583307
    ISBN:
    1595583300
    Label:
    New Press
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $27.95
    Manufacturer:
    New Press
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    336
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2008-04-01
    Publisher:
    New Press
    Studio:
    New Press
    Title:
    Bitter Chocolate: The Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet
    Feature:
    Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

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