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(TreeHugger)   Not to piss all over your Easter Eggs, but there's a good chance the chocolate bunny you look forward to eating every year was crafted by child slave labor   (treehugger.com ) divider line
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2013-03-30 04:02:34 AM  
isn't going to school considered slave labor too in your eyes?/
 
2013-03-30 08:04:37 AM  
It's okay, I only eat the eyes.
 
2013-03-30 08:05:30 AM  
And Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this, and they build the chocolate bunnies because their fingers are small and nimble."
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-30 08:16:31 AM  
As an adult, I eat chocolate whenever I want to.
 
2013-03-30 08:47:05 AM  
I can't solve all the ills in the world, so stop trying to make me feel guilty over it.
 
2013-03-30 08:52:30 AM  

naughtyrev: And Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this, and they build the chocolate bunnies because their fingers are small and nimble."


and molest all the kidz
 
2013-03-30 09:07:45 AM  
Coincidentally, the chocolate chip cookies I plan to eat on Easter morning will also be crafted by child labor (my child's).
 
2013-03-30 09:10:55 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: I can't solve all the ills in the world, so stop trying to make me feel guilty over it.


It's OK, a good number of other things you own were probably made by slave children.  Like most of your clothes.

But hey, that's unregulated capitalism for you.
 
2013-03-30 09:21:19 AM  
Meh.
 
2013-03-30 09:52:09 AM  
I only buy organic, fair trade chocolate bunnies hand-crafted by deposed former dictators of banana republics.
 
2013-03-30 09:58:52 AM  
 
2013-03-30 10:02:48 AM  
One of the creepiest lingering CSBs I've ever heard on Fark was the one with big hollow chocolate bunny that had been sitting out too long one day popped and out oozed a river of scurrying cockroaches.
 
2013-03-30 10:05:13 AM  

b0rscht: One of the creepiest lingering CSBs I've ever heard on Fark was the one with big hollow chocolate bunny that had been sitting out too long one day popped and out oozed a river of scurrying cockroaches.


Heh, found it:  http://www.fark.com/comments/7037163/76066638#c76066638
 
2013-03-30 10:50:29 AM  
So you are saying we should all stop eating chocolate?

BLASPHEMER!!!!!
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2013-03-30 10:54:10 AM  
Their tears make all the difference.
 
2013-03-30 10:56:49 AM  
I appreciate their sacrifice. I really do.
 
2013-03-30 10:57:17 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2013-03-30 10:58:06 AM  
And baby tears !

Don't forget that they use baby tears as an emulsifier!
 
2013-03-30 10:58:26 AM  
Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.
 
2013-03-30 10:59:51 AM  
Where do I get in line to not care about this...
 
2013-03-30 11:00:02 AM  
So is your iPhone

But I have a feeling the chocolate factory has better working conditions than the toxic and hazardous iphone factory, you know, the place where they had to put nets around the building for "employees" who try to commit suicide to leave.
 
2013-03-30 11:01:33 AM  

GAT_00: Adolf Oliver Nipples: I can't solve all the ills in the world, so stop trying to make me feel guilty over it.


It's OK, a good number of other things you own were probably made by slave children.  Like most of your clothes.


But hey, that's unregulated capitalism for you.



It's difficult to regulate or enforce other countries child labor laws. I'm sure the computer or smart phone you're using to post on Fark, also contains components produced by child labor.


But hey, that's unrepentant, self righteous consumerism for you.
 
2013-03-30 11:01:50 AM  

scubamage: Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.


Chocolate rabbits are for children.
Children make no distinction between the $1.99 "Mr Crispie" (mostly wax) and the $59.99 elitist douchebag special created by some fancy chocolatier.
 
2013-03-30 11:01:55 AM  
Last year, Ramon highlighted 10 Fairtrade, Organic, and Vegan Sources For Easter Chocolate. That is a good place to start for avoiding the soul-crushing despair you'll feel if you find out mid bunny that your chocolate was produced with the help of slave children.

Sure, buy vegan chocolate to avoid soul-crushing despair. Yeah, the kids'll buy that.
 
2013-03-30 11:02:00 AM  
I only eat chocolate crafted by adult immigrant slave labor.
 
2013-03-30 11:02:36 AM  
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2013-03-30 11:03:35 AM  
Well tell Toby they were delicious.
 
2013-03-30 11:04:03 AM  

Shostie: I only buy organic, fair trade chocolate bunnies hand-crafted by deposed former dictators of banana republics.


Oh, so you don't mind that in order to give land to the deposed former dictators, they have to displace local artisans who are then forced to sell their children into slave labor making chocolate bunnies with lead for eyes?
 
2013-03-30 11:04:39 AM  
I wonder if they recruit these kids by giving them a golden ticket.
 
2013-03-30 11:04:42 AM  
Those kids are heathens, living in heathen countries.  They are all going to hell anyway.....I mean those places are so backward, they don't even have NASCAR.
 
2013-03-30 11:05:46 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Shostie: I only buy organic, fair trade chocolate bunnies hand-crafted by deposed former dictators of banana republics.

Oh, so you don't mind that in order to give land to the deposed former dictators, they have to displace local artisans who are then forced to sell their children into slave labor making chocolate bunnies with lead for eyes?


Why do you hate Pinochet so?
 
2013-03-30 11:05:53 AM  

Walker: So you are saying we should all stop eating chocolate?


How you arrived at that conclusion, from either TFA or the headline, is one of life's great mysteries.
 
2013-03-30 11:06:14 AM  

WhippingBoy: scubamage: Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.

Chocolate rabbits are for children.
Children make no distinction between the $1.99 "Mr Crispie" (mostly wax) and the $59.99 elitist douchebag special created by some fancy chocolatier.


Not really, chocolate figures are for everyone, including adults. Did you suddenly stop eating chocolate at easter once you turned 18? Would you not eat it if someone gave you a chocolate bunny?

And wow, way to automatically assume a local business person is "some elitist douchebag fancy chocolatier." You must be fantastic for your local economy.
 
2013-03-30 11:07:33 AM  
They don't believe in Easter so it's ok.
 
2013-03-30 11:08:04 AM  
Oh, made BY children.  Well, I'm not as excited as I was at first.
 
2013-03-30 11:08:14 AM  
It's been a tradition since the early 1800s for my Virginia relatives to eat Easter treats made by slaves.
 
2013-03-30 11:11:34 AM  
Chocolate is hardly the only thing produced with slave labor (as above discussed) but for some reason we still keep buying precious metals and gems, electronics, chocolate etc because AMERICANS DON'T CARE what else on the planet they effect so long as we get what we want.  Of course, this will eventually lead to a future where someone else in another country is willing to spend more than we can afford for things we need to survive because we can no longer produce the essentials for life ourselves.

Take 5 minutes and look into local sourcing today.  You might be surprised how much you can enrich your local community by spending your money near home.  Jobs, tax dollars, and community development can be next door or halfway around the world; where do you want the money going?
 
2013-03-30 11:13:09 AM  

bighairyguy: Their tears make all the difference.


Came to say this, Thanks.
 
2013-03-30 11:14:21 AM  
Mmm, delicious slave labor.
 
2013-03-30 11:16:07 AM  
What's a Jesus for, if not child slave laborers? If He's only good for saving overfed suburban kids embarrassed that they still have the last generation of iPhone, He'd be kind of a weak sauce savior, right?
 
2013-03-30 11:16:47 AM  

SquiggsIN: Chocolate is hardly the only thing produced with slave labor (as above discussed) but for some reason we still keep buying precious metals and gems, electronics, chocolate etc because AMERICANS DON'T CARE what else on the planet they effect so long as we get what we want.  Of course, this will eventually lead to a future where someone else in another country is willing to spend more than we can afford for things we need to survive because we can no longer produce the essentials for life ourselves.

Take 5 minutes and look into local sourcing today.  You might be surprised how much you can enrich your local community by spending your money near home.  Jobs, tax dollars, and community development can be next door or halfway around the world; where do you want the money going?


Don't forget clothes... All those $5 shirts and $10 shoes at the bargain stores had to come from somewhere. I hate it but it's also the only stuff I can afford except for during replacement cycles (ie new cargo pants because the last pair has worn right through the fabric in places)
 
2013-03-30 11:18:09 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: It's difficult to regulate or enforce other countries child labor laws. I'm sure the computer or smart phone you're using to post on Fark, also contains components produced by child labor.


Maybe, but probably not as many as you'd think. Most of the parts used in smartphones and electronics these days are produced by good old-fashioned adult slave labor. They mostly use the kids in less internationally regulated industries like post-consumer electronics recycling and agriculture now.
 
2013-03-30 11:20:32 AM  
It just makes it tastier.

Human suffering is better than foie gras.
 
2013-03-30 11:21:03 AM  
I thought the human species 3D prints all its hollow chocolate pagan symbols now?
/wharrr the future?
 
2013-03-30 11:22:02 AM  
notfncute.com
 
2013-03-30 11:22:20 AM  
During an Easter Egg egg hunt I once found a chocolate bunny but it was a hollow victory.
 
2013-03-30 11:23:06 AM  
Yes, slavery. Delicious slavery.
 
2013-03-30 11:24:34 AM  
your blog sucks

/oblig
//fair trade is generally bullshiat, increased profit margins get eaten up by middlemen in the target country
 
2013-03-30 11:24:40 AM  

ladyfortuna: SquiggsIN: Chocolate is hardly the only thing produced with slave labor (as above discussed) but for some reason we still keep buying precious metals and gems, electronics, chocolate etc because AMERICANS DON'T CARE what else on the planet they effect so long as we get what we want.  Of course, this will eventually lead to a future where someone else in another country is willing to spend more than we can afford for things we need to survive because we can no longer produce the essentials for life ourselves.

Take 5 minutes and look into local sourcing today.  You might be surprised how much you can enrich your local community by spending your money near home.  Jobs, tax dollars, and community development can be next door or halfway around the world; where do you want the money going?

Don't forget clothes... All those $5 shirts and $10 shoes at the bargain stores had to come from somewhere. I hate it but it's also the only stuff I can afford except for during replacement cycles (ie new cargo pants because the last pair has worn right through the fabric in places)


You'd be amazed what you can find at thrift stores and community clothes sales (if you have the latter - we have a hospital which organizes a huge community clothes sale every year, all clothes must be new, and usually you can get brand name fashions for cents on the dollar).
 
2013-03-30 11:28:40 AM  
And i bet those kids are happy to accept that paycheck/bowl of rice. They have to start somewhere like everyone else in this world. Someday they may be influential enough to change the world for the better, or else they will own a factory and employ kiddy labor.
 
2013-03-30 11:29:39 AM  
You know, I'm getting really goddamn tired of living one moral outrage to the next. I'm fresh out of farks to give, I used up my last ones being morally indignant that people can own AR-15s and like to shoot things.
 
2013-03-30 11:29:52 AM  
I was about to pick up a Stormtrooper chocolate rabbit a few weeks ago, but saw it was made in China. Rather not have lead coated melamine in my candy.
 
2013-03-30 11:32:26 AM  

scubamage: And wow, way to automatically assume a local business person is "some elitist douchebag fancy chocolatier." You must be fantastic for your local economy.


I only buy items crafted by the honest, simple, hard-working indigenous peoples of wherever.

I guess you could say that I'm some sort of saint.
 
jgi
2013-03-30 11:33:34 AM  
i46.tinypic.com

Children were definitely involved.
 
2013-03-30 11:34:36 AM  

Bravo Two: You know, I'm getting really goddamn tired of living one moral outrage to the next. I'm fresh out of farks to give, I used up my last ones being morally indignant that people can own AR-15s and like to shoot things.


This. I've wasted too much of my life treating other people's opinions with respect. No more.
 
2013-03-30 11:35:55 AM  

Bravo Two: You know, I'm getting really goddamn tired of living one moral outrage to the next. I'm fresh out of farks to give, I used up my last ones being morally indignant that people can own AR-15s and like to shoot things.


I feels your pain, bro, that's why I channel flip between the MSNBC and Fox News.  The derp/anti-derp is like noise-cancelling headphones.  Give it a try sometime.
 
2013-03-30 11:36:57 AM  
Where is the article? I saw nothing but teaser.
 
2013-03-30 11:37:26 AM  

WhippingBoy: Bravo Two: You know, I'm getting really goddamn tired of living one moral outrage to the next. I'm fresh out of farks to give, I used up my last ones being morally indignant that people can own AR-15s and like to shoot things.

This. I've wasted too much of my life treating other people's opinions with respect. No more.


Could you muster any NUTRAGE though?

www.candy.org
 
2013-03-30 11:38:18 AM  

SomeoneDumb: Walker: So you are saying we should all stop eating chocolate?

How you arrived at that conclusion, from either TFA or the headline, is one of life's great mysteries.


I'm just kooky like that.
 
2013-03-30 11:38:38 AM  
......probably makes it taste better knowing this. As the old saying goes, 'A lap dance is so much better when the stripper is crying.'
 
2013-03-30 11:40:34 AM  

scubamage: WhippingBoy: scubamage: Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.

Chocolate rabbits are for children.
Children make no distinction between the $1.99 "Mr Crispie" (mostly wax) and the $59.99 elitist douchebag special created by some fancy chocolatier.

Not really, chocolate figures are for everyone, including adults. Did you suddenly stop eating chocolate at easter once you turned 18? Would you not eat it if someone gave you a chocolate bunny?

And wow, way to automatically assume a local business person is "some elitist douchebag fancy chocolatier." You must be fantastic for your local economy.


My parents have a Chocolate shop "downtown" where everything is made there. It's hardly fancy. My mom is a fan of the rustic look of things. This is an excuse to have to not clean off the seams made by the molds and have all the hand dipped candies be different shapes and sizes. They all sell their things only slightly more expensive than what you get at the grocery store for the better (not the wax-y hollow crap) bunnies. Though I worked there most of my life till I was out of college, so I guess you could say that it was made by child labor.
 
2013-03-30 11:41:26 AM  

SquiggsIN: Take 5 minutes and look into local sourcing today. You might be surprised how much you can enrich your local community by spending your money near home. Jobs, tax dollars, and community development can be next door or halfway around the world; where do you want the money going?


I don't think the Theobroma cacao tree grows in the US.
 
2013-03-30 11:45:49 AM  
Read it, know all about it. Changed how I eat Chocolate.

bookreviews.bbcf.ca
 
2013-03-30 11:45:53 AM  
Just give me plenty, forget about the quality.
 
2013-03-30 11:47:25 AM  

WhippingBoy: Just give me plenty, forget about the quality.


Obamacare?
 
2013-03-30 11:49:20 AM  

Broktun: I don't think the Theobroma cacao tree grows in the US.


Thanks, Obama!
 
2013-03-30 11:51:13 AM  

unitednihilists: Read it, know all about it. Changed how I eat Chocolate.

[bookreviews.bbcf.ca image 148x206]


Is this basically like food inc. but for chocolate?

A better question - if I read it, will I want to kick you in the cajones for suggesting I read it in the first place?
 
2013-03-30 11:51:23 AM  
Mmmmm.... slavelicious.
 
2013-03-30 11:53:04 AM  

unitednihilists: Read it, know all about it. Changed how I eat Chocolate.

[bookreviews.bbcf.ca image 148x206]


No. I've had my fill of moral indignation. Everything sucks and I'm a bad person for enjoying things because I haven't invested years of my life investigating every single nuance of the supply chain. I get it.
 
2013-03-30 11:55:36 AM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-30 11:56:46 AM  

filter: Where is the article? I saw nothing but teaser.


I wondered this too. Then in TFA, there's a link to the real article where they mention that there's just about two million children who work in Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire who grow cocoa and get paid in beatings.

On the other hand, what are the odds of getting actual cocoa in a wal-mart easter "chocolate" treat, anyway?
 
2013-03-30 11:58:37 AM  

starsrift: filter: Where is the article? I saw nothing but teaser.

I wondered this too. Then in TFA, there's a link to the real article where they mention that there's just about two million children who work in Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire who grow cocoa and get paid in beatings.

On the other hand, what are the odds of getting actual cocoa in a wal-mart easter "chocolate" treat, anyway?


Good point. In all likelihood, the cheaper chocolate was probably ethically obtained, whereas the more expensive chocolate used by local artisan chocolatiers was likely bought with children's tears.
 
2013-03-30 12:05:16 PM  
Isn't virtually everything made by 3rd world slave labor?
 
2013-03-30 12:09:20 PM  

SquiggsIN: Chocolate is hardly the only thing produced with slave labor (as above discussed) but for some reason we still keep buying precious metals and gems, electronics, chocolate etc because AMERICANS DON'T CARE what else on the planet they effect so long as we get what we want.  Of course, this will eventually lead to a future where someone else in another country is willing to spend more than we can afford for things we need to survive because we can no longer produce the essentials for life ourselves.

Take 5 minutes and look into local sourcing today.  You might be surprised how much you can enrich your local community by spending your money near home.  Jobs, tax dollars, and community development can be next door or halfway around the world; where do you want the money going?


sorry to burst your bubble but the bulk of children receiving Easter chocolates will be gnawing on the cheapest, lowest quality Made In USA fare. better quality chocolates from around the globe are quite dear and will only be found in the homes of the well to do, foodies and gourmands.

meanwhile spend time online and find one television set that is produced in america. at best you will find one with it's enclosure or housing made domestically. there are what, two manufacturers of athletic shoes in america? the list goes on and on. the incredibly wealthy who rule the corporate world live to increase their shareholders profit margins by fractions of a cent. they ceased caring about employing their fellow countrymen a long time ago and invested heavily overseas where they could produce goods as cheaply as possible. if Made In America products were available people would purchase them.

meanwhile there are millions of people overseas who can now afford food and clothing because they have work. it isn't all slave labor, far from it. and if their governments gave one damn about the hungry unwashed of their homelands they would see to it that goods they've been exporting since long before we were born were instead used to feed their people. they could also use the millions and billions of foreign aid dollars WashDC hands out monthly to benefit the population instead of squandering it on luxurious living and hidden bank accounts. but politicians being politicians they are scumbags who only look out for their own best interests and morally bankrupt decadent plesures.

common every day American citizens aren't the dirtballs of the world you would like to believe they are. In fact we donate money to causes and charities that benefit others at home and around the globe in abundance on a daily basis. your average Joe is a good hearted hard working slob that doesn't want to hurt anybody. I can't say the same for our fearless clown shoe wearing leaders in WashDC or their masters, the rich and powerful bankers and corporate dooshbags who repeatedly are found guilty of the largest and dirtiest crimes while never serving a single day in prison.
 
2013-03-30 12:11:33 PM  
Years ago some farker posted an image of a Chinese worker making chocolate Easter bunnies. The caption said something like "Stay away from chocolate bunnies made in China". The image showed that the bunnies were originally small dogs that were then smothered in chocolate. It was hilarious and I have been searching the Internets to find it. Does anyone have it and can you post it please?
 
2013-03-30 12:20:13 PM  
Well FYI the good cocoa all comes from South America.  If you're buying chocolate from West Africa, it's gonna taste like shiat.  Trees they grow there have virtually no taste, bitter as hell....
The *good* cocoa, you see getting used by the real artisan chocolatiers (fancy-ass, as I believe someone up-thread called them), all come from plantations in south-america.  Look for "bean-to-bar" chocolate, where the chocolatier has chosen the beans, usually one from plantation, so you're getting a very unique and even flavour, and then done all the processing themselves...

Yes, it costs more than the 28% cocoa-solids chocolate you buy for pennies in the Wall-Mart/Tesco's etc.

Yes, it's worth it, just as buying premium grade coffee beans is better than cheap-shiat own-label instant "coffee", or buying a £20 ($30) bottle of nice wine is better than buying a £3 bottle of rotgut/antifreeze/"wine" from the bargain-bin in the scariest liquor store in town...

Some of them (OK, a lot of them) do overcharge; they gouge you, knowing they have a premium product, and that the customers looking for that will be happy to pay a few dollars more.  This sucks, but it's still worth it.
You can buy the $5 shirt made by wage slaves in Indonesia that's shiat, that is literally the cheapest they could make, or you can pay extra for something made with the best source ingredients/materials, put together by a craftsman, earning a living wage.
 
2013-03-30 12:20:42 PM  

scubamage: ladyfortuna: SquiggsIN:

You'd be amazed what you can find at thrift stores and community clothes sales (if you have the latter - we have a hospital which organizes a huge community clothes sale every year, all clothes must be new, and usually you can get brand name fashions for cents on the dollar).


I do go to the local Salvation Army occasionally, but we're rural and their selection seems to be heavily weighted for senior citizen styles, plus I have a really hard time getting pants that fit properly because apparently I'm a weird shape.
 
2013-03-30 12:22:43 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I thought the human species 3D prints all its hollow chocolate pagan symbols now?
/wharrr the future?


Too bad we can't 3D print you a working brain

/Viva Astarte
 
2013-03-30 12:24:25 PM  

WhippingBoy: Good point. In all likelihood, the cheaper chocolate was probably ethically obtained, whereas the more expensive chocolate used by local artisan chocolatiers was likely bought with children's tears.


One of the greatest myths that is perpetuated by greens/socialists is that big corporations are the problem. In reality, corporations want to avoid bad PR stories. So, they employ people to monitor their supply chains. Small chocolatiers? They don't operate at the scale. It's far more likely that a middleman could slip some "blood chocolate" to them without them noticing.

(the abuses of the "organic" name in the UK wasn't fake organics sold to supermarkets, but to farm shops).
 
2013-03-30 12:26:58 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I thought the human species 3D prints all its hollow chocolate pagan symbols now?
/wharrr the future?


You know, I'd almost think you're smoking the best weed on the planet, considering how you connect completely tangential things to your pet issue.

/Weed allows more connections to move more data around in your head
//It inhibits the inhibitor
///Causing exactly shiat like this, where you think *everything* is connected to your pet issue.
////Which is, apparently, "Technology and anything I can relate to technology is wrong, but not if you call me on it."
 
2013-03-30 12:30:26 PM  

scubamage: Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.


Well, technically cyanide is a naturally occurring substance...
 
2013-03-30 12:35:22 PM  
OK chocolate snobs, are there any chocolate brands you would recommend that can be commonly found?
 
2013-03-30 12:37:16 PM  

AntonChigger: scubamage: Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.

Well, technically cyanide is a naturally occurring substance...


So are tigers, but they'll fark you right up.
 
2013-03-30 12:37:57 PM  
Not to sound like a callous SOB here, but in many nations that use 'child slave labor' the average citizen can't afford to be like us.

It's kinda hard to get more than basic stuff when you make maybe $10 -- $20 a day.

Yeah, the local corporation owners take advantage of things. Less labor expenses mean more money for them, but, then again, the same thing happens here. Look at the CEO's with their Golden Parachutes and billionaire owners making roughly $5000 an hour in comparison to the basic employee pulling a 39 hour week (39 so the company doesn't have to pay overtime or insurance) at minimum wage.

In the majority of these 'slave labor' nations, the kids are put to work to help support their families. Their governments ignore things like child labor laws because they do not view human life or rights as we do.

They draw in economical interest from the US and other major nations by offering cheap goods in bulk, which means more profit for the buyers.

So, the major companies flock there to buy their goods. Increase the cost by getting rid of 'slave labor' and the buyers will go elsewhere, leaving thousands of families without enough income to survive.

You can see such examples through China, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

We don't draft kids into the military for wars. Africa and the Middle East do. Actually, they kind of grab them up and force them.

The Vietcong, backed by Communist China, developed the 'child bomb' along with wiring up cute, young women to approach US soldiers. The IRA brought blowing up civilian women and children to nearly an art with their infamous satchel bombs.

Not everyone considers children to be precious or a gift.

That candy bunny made by shild slave labor might mean the difference between that foreign kid's family having a bit of meat with their rice some nights or not. Maybe having some medications or even fresh water.

You can't change things until you change the attitude of the businesses and the local populations. In many third world nations, life is cheap and the populations far too great for their land to support. Then you get the age old sexist traditions tossed in, followed by archaic religious beliefs and a mess of superstitions and things get nasty.

Plus, these nations are mainly supported by the very companies who employ child slave labor which sell goods to the US so you can buy a shirt for $6.00 instead of $12.00.

It's a nasty cycle and there's not much that can actually be done about it. Efforts to change things can often result in more harm to the basic worker than anyone else.
 
2013-03-30 12:38:42 PM  

Bravo Two: You know, I'm getting really goddamn tired of living one moral outrage to the next. I'm fresh out of farks to give, I used up my last ones being morally indignant that people can own AR-15s and like to shoot things.


Yeah, I mean now people want me to be concerned that slavery still exists in the world? WTF! All this concern takes away from my porn watching time.
 
2013-03-30 12:44:42 PM  

eiger: Bravo Two: You know, I'm getting really goddamn tired of living one moral outrage to the next. I'm fresh out of farks to give, I used up my last ones being morally indignant that people can own AR-15s and like to shoot things.

Yeah, I mean now people want me to be concerned that slavery still exists in the world? WTF! All this concern takes away from my porn watching time.


Do I... know you... ?
 
2013-03-30 12:47:22 PM  
The junk bought in America & Europe is primarily made in other countries, who don't follow our labor laws?
Thanks Ric Romero.
 
2013-03-30 12:50:22 PM  

Wizard Drongo: Well FYI the good cocoa all comes from South America.  If you're buying chocolate from West Africa, it's gonna taste like shiat.  Trees they grow there have virtually no taste, bitter as hell....
The *good* cocoa, you see getting used by the real artisan chocolatiers (fancy-ass, as I believe someone up-thread called them), all come from plantations in south-america.  Look for "bean-to-bar" chocolate, where the chocolatier has chosen the beans, usually one from plantation, so you're getting a very unique and even flavour, and then done all the processing themselves...


bullshiat.

olinafaire.com
 
2013-03-30 12:54:43 PM  
lots of child labor apologists in here.

would you want your own kid working in a factory? supported Gingrich when he wanted to put poor kids to work as janitors?

No?

then stop white knighting for these companies.
 
2013-03-30 12:56:14 PM  
Mmmmmm...tasty, chocolatey slave labor!
 
2013-03-30 01:03:02 PM  

dumbobruni: lots of child labor apologists in here.

would you want your own kid working in a factory? supported Gingrich when he wanted to put poor kids to work as janitors?

No?

then stop white knighting for these companies.


I wouldn't want my own kid working in a factory, but I DO want other children working in factories to produce luxury goods for my consumption, so I fail to see your point.

/the world needs ditch-diggers, too, ya know?
 
2013-03-30 01:04:58 PM  

Broktun: SquiggsIN:

I don't think the Theobroma cacao tree grows in the US.


There's some produced in Hawaii. It's really good too.
 
2013-03-30 01:08:57 PM  
I've never had a hersheys bar that tastes remotely like chocolate.
I guess I don't have to worry about eating them
 
2013-03-30 01:12:08 PM  
SMBC covered this one last year for Valentines day. Everything about Valentines day or Easter is horribly unethical.
 
2013-03-30 01:14:08 PM  
Or I could order some couverture and then temper and mold the stuff myself.  (Granite countertops, yay!)
 
2013-03-30 01:21:32 PM  
Treehugger?

It's basically the ANTI-Free-Republic.
 
2013-03-30 01:21:35 PM  

dumbobruni: Wizard Drongo: Well FYI the good cocoa all comes from South America.  If you're buying chocolate from West Africa, it's gonna taste like shiat.  Trees they grow there have virtually no taste, bitter as hell....
The *good* cocoa, you see getting used by the real artisan chocolatiers (fancy-ass, as I believe someone up-thread called them), all come from plantations in south-america.  Look for "bean-to-bar" chocolate, where the chocolatier has chosen the beans, usually one from plantation, so you're getting a very unique and even flavour, and then done all the processing themselves...

bullshiat.

[olinafaire.com image 260x260]


Hey, I'm all for Freetrade (I'd love if our farmers could be "freetrade" as well - a lot of the milk in freetrade chocolate is made in this country, and the farmer is paid a lot less than the cost to produce!!)..

But the fact remains that's shiat chocolate.  Sure it tastes OK, because they load it full of sugar.  When they make a 100% bar that doesn't taste like coffee grounds come and tell me.  Notice that the highest % bars they make are 85% because if you're using cheap african cacao beans, you need to use sugar.
 
2013-03-30 01:22:32 PM  

my herniated disc: I've never had a hersheys bar that tastes remotely like chocolate.
I guess I don't have to worry about eating them


NihilismKat: scubamage: WhippingBoy: scubamage: Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.

Chocolate rabbits are for children.
Children make no distinction between the $1.99 "Mr Crispie" (mostly wax) and the $59.99 elitist douchebag special created by some fancy chocolatier.

Not really, chocolate figures are for everyone, including adults. Did you suddenly stop eating chocolate at easter once you turned 18? Would you not eat it if someone gave you a chocolate bunny?

And wow, way to automatically assume a local business person is "some elitist douchebag fancy chocolatier." You must be fantastic for your local economy.

My parents have a Chocolate shop "downtown" where everything is made there. It's hardly fancy. My mom is a fan of the rustic look of things. This is an excuse to have to not clean off the seams made by the molds and have all the hand dipped candies be different shapes and sizes. They all sell their things only slightly more expensive than what you get at the grocery store for the better (not the wax-y hollow crap) bunnies. Though I worked there most of my life till I was out of college, so I guess you could say that it was made by child labor.


We are lucky to have around 4 places like your parents' within a 5 mile radius from our house, so we have not only competition keeping prices down, but competition with one another over quality and cool new chocolates.  So not only do we get to support local business folks making damn fine chocolate, but we get to help keep prices low by taking part in the market. It's neat when free market economics work right :)

Is it as cheap as walmart? Nope. But it's not that much more expensive (1-2$ more for a solid chocolate bunny), and quality/taste wise it's like choosing between bud light and a fine imported Belgian beer. There's just no competition.
 
2013-03-30 01:23:58 PM  

SundaesChild: Coincidentally, the chocolate chip cookies I plan to eat on Easter morning will also be crafted by child labor (my child's).


That sounds sweet. In both senses of the word.
 
2013-03-30 01:28:53 PM  

Rik01: In the majority of these 'slave labor' nations, the kids are put to work to help support their families. Their governments ignore things like child labor laws because they do not view human life or rights as we do.


You mean they're free of job-killing regulations, right?
 
2013-03-30 01:29:42 PM  
Mast Brothers Chocolate.
 
2013-03-30 01:30:54 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
(The school psychologist) gives me a chocolate Easter bunny. And this shows how tricky those guys are. I eat the chocolate and I think, wait a second... this isn't around Easter.

"Was this a test?"

He said, "Yes."

"And what does it mean?"

He said, "Well, had you eaten the ears first you would have been normal; had you eaten the feet first you would have had an inferiority complex; had you eaten the tail first you would have had latent homosexual tendencies; and had you eaten the breasts first you would have had a latent oedipal complex."

I said, "Well, go on. What does it mean when you bite out the eyes and scream, 'Stop staring at me!'?'"

He says, "It shows you've a tendency towards self-destruction."

I said, "What do you recommend?"

He says, "Go for it!"
 
2013-03-30 01:35:08 PM  
Child slave labor? They don't eat much of the chocolate.
 
2013-03-30 01:39:14 PM  
I don't condone child labor at all, although I do sometimes think it wouldn't hurt to reintroduce the concept of apprenticeships to older children. I really appreciate all the skills my parents taught me even though they aren't in a 'trade', and if I'd had more of an obvious opportunity for such training when I was younger, I might not have taken this long (age 32, ugh) to settle on a career path. The ironic thing is that I DID have the opportunity, but where I went to school, the BOCES system was derided by most students as where the dumb kids went so I never looked into it. Now I'm kicking myself because they teach a LOT of useful trades.
 
2013-03-30 01:41:23 PM  
Sorry, did I somehow skip the part of TFA where any corroborating evidence was presented about Easter chocolate being produced by child slave labor?

Because the parts I did see only said "Maybe you don't know, and maybe it is, so OMG PANIC".
 
2013-03-30 01:42:00 PM  

ladyfortuna: where I went to school, the BOCES system was derided by most students as where the dumb kids went so I never looked into it. Now I'm kicking myself because they teach a LOT of useful trades.


Like how to fix refrigerators, and catch stray mice.
 
2013-03-30 01:43:14 PM  

ladyfortuna: I don't condone child labor at all, although I do sometimes think it wouldn't hurt to reintroduce the concept of apprenticeships to older children. I really appreciate all the skills my parents taught me even though they aren't in a 'trade', and if I'd had more of an obvious opportunity for such training when I was younger, I might not have taken this long (age 32, ugh) to settle on a career path. The ironic thing is that I DID have the opportunity, but where I went to school, the BOCES system was derided by most students as where the dumb kids went so I never looked into it. Now I'm kicking myself because they teach a LOT of useful trades.


There is nothing whatsoever wrong with carefully regulated and carefully scheduled employment for kids as young as 12 or 13. I don't think anyone under the age of 16 should be EXPECTED to work in any circumstance but I see nothing wrong with it being possible as long as hours are limited, compensation is appropriate and everything is documented properly. Check out the rules governing child actors for a good example of how kids working can be managed just fine.

/asbestos suit?
 
2013-03-30 01:46:34 PM  
Maybe we could start making chocolate bunnies with union labor. But then chocolate would cost $25 per pound and a bunny would cost $75 at Kroger.
 
2013-03-30 01:47:27 PM  

scubamage: their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.


blog.nj.com
Cyanide kills everything including potatoes.
 
2013-03-30 01:54:41 PM  
That's why they taste so good.
 
2013-03-30 01:55:41 PM  
I thought it was the power of Jesus that made chocolate bunnies?

completelyseriouscomics.com
 
2013-03-30 02:12:06 PM  

Wizard Drongo: dumbobruni: Wizard Drongo: Well FYI the good cocoa all comes from South America.  If you're buying chocolate from West Africa, it's gonna taste like shiat.  Trees they grow there have virtually no taste, bitter as hell....
The *good* cocoa, you see getting used by the real artisan chocolatiers (fancy-ass, as I believe someone up-thread called them), all come from plantations in south-america.  Look for "bean-to-bar" chocolate, where the chocolatier has chosen the beans, usually one from plantation, so you're getting a very unique and even flavour, and then done all the processing themselves...

bullshiat.

[olinafaire.com image 260x260]

Hey, I'm all for Freetrade (I'd love if our farmers could be "freetrade" as well - a lot of the milk in freetrade chocolate is made in this country, and the farmer is paid a lot less than the cost to produce!!)..

But the fact remains that's shiat chocolate.  Sure it tastes OK, because they load it full of sugar.  When they make a 100% bar that doesn't taste like coffee grounds come and tell me.   Notice that the highest % bars they make are 85% because if you're using cheap african cacao beans, you need to use sugar.


oh look, you're bullshiatting again.

Dagoba doesn't make 100% chocolate bars. neither does Mast Brothers.

please tell me what chocolate bar out there (besides baking chocolate) is 100% chocolate and doesn't have any sugar in it.
 
2013-03-30 02:17:08 PM  
Um, much of the world's cocoa (all chocolate, not just easter bunnies) is produced by unpaid child labor.  The cocoa in your breakfast cereal, your chocolate flavored protein bars, your slim-fast drinks, etc.  Welcome to reality.  It's why much of the world rolls their eyes at Americans being so obese while complaining that big macs and gas for their SUV is too expensive.

/BTW buying artisan candies from local "craftsmen" does nothing.  Unless he has a cocoa farm out back, he bought his chocolate on the world market like everyone else.
 
2013-03-30 02:20:18 PM  

Rik01: Not to sound like a callous SOB here, but in many nations that use 'child slave labor' the average citizen can't afford to be like us.

It's kinda hard to get more than basic stuff when you make maybe $10 -- $20 a day.

Yeah, the local corporation owners take advantage of things. Less labor expenses mean more money for them, but, then again, the same thing happens here. Look at the CEO's with their Golden Parachutes and billionaire owners making roughly $5000 an hour in comparison to the basic employee pulling a 39 hour week (39 so the company doesn't have to pay overtime or insurance) at minimum wage.

In the majority of these 'slave labor' nations, the kids are put to work to help support their families. Their governments ignore things like child labor laws because they do not view human life or rights as we do.

They draw in economical interest from the US and other major nations by offering cheap goods in bulk, which means more profit for the buyers.

So, the major companies flock there to buy their goods. Increase the cost by getting rid of 'slave labor' and the buyers will go elsewhere, leaving thousands of families without enough income to survive.

You can see such examples through China, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

We don't draft kids into the military for wars. Africa and the Middle East do. Actually, they kind of grab them up and force them.

The Vietcong, backed by Communist China, developed the 'child bomb' along with wiring up cute, young women to approach US soldiers. The IRA brought blowing up civilian women and children to nearly an art with their infamous satchel bombs.

Not everyone considers children to be precious or a gift.

That candy bunny made by shild slave labor might mean the difference between that foreign kid's family having a bit of meat with their rice some nights or not. Maybe having some medications or even fresh water.

You can't change things until you change the attitude of the businesses and the local populations ...


"Slave labor" in the production of chocolate is honest-to-goodness slave labor, complete with near-starvation and beatings.  The children cannot escape.  As dire as conditions are in a Bangladeshi sweat shop, people have the right to stop working there if another factory opens with marginally better conditions.  Compared to Bangladesh, China and Mexico offer exceptional working conditons and wages (which are crappy and enforced by thuggish governments and corrupt "unions".
 
2013-03-30 02:26:31 PM  
Are they talking about Girl Scout cookies?
 
2013-03-30 02:37:43 PM  

dumbobruni: Wizard Drongo: dumbobruni: Wizard Drongo: Well FYI the good cocoa all comes from South America.  If you're buying chocolate from West Africa, it's gonna taste like shiat.  Trees they grow there have virtually no taste, bitter as hell....
The *good* cocoa, you see getting used by the real artisan chocolatiers (fancy-ass, as I believe someone up-thread called them), all come from plantations in south-america.  Look for "bean-to-bar" chocolate, where the chocolatier has chosen the beans, usually one from plantation, so you're getting a very unique and even flavour, and then done all the processing themselves...

bullshiat.

[olinafaire.com image 260x260]

Hey, I'm all for Freetrade (I'd love if our farmers could be "freetrade" as well - a lot of the milk in freetrade chocolate is made in this country, and the farmer is paid a lot less than the cost to produce!!)..

But the fact remains that's shiat chocolate.  Sure it tastes OK, because they load it full of sugar.  When they make a 100% bar that doesn't taste like coffee grounds come and tell me.   Notice that the highest % bars they make are 85% because if you're using cheap african cacao beans, you need to use sugar.

oh look, you're bullshiatting again.

Dagoba doesn't make 100% chocolate bars. neither does Mast Brothers.

please tell me what chocolate bar out there (besides baking chocolate) is 100% chocolate and doesn't have any sugar in it.


http://www.chocolatiers.co.uk/products/grenada-100-cocoa  That's 100% right there...no ideas how good it is, but...
http://williescacao.com/index.php?rid=home  do a great 100%, but that IS more a cooking/ingredient product; very tasty though, amazing grated into chilli, and good to eat on it's own...

If you're in the US, I've heard  http://www.atthemeadow.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPat h =2_59_58&products_id=1449&zenid=dtoe3drrtgabjlod493nj12i10  is the shiznitz, but haven't tried it myself...
 
2013-03-30 02:41:58 PM  

dumbobruni: lots of child labor apologists in here.

would you want your own kid working in a factory? supported Gingrich when he wanted to put poor kids to work as janitors?

No?

then stop white knighting for these companies.


It's like the sweatshop problem. We might think sweatshop conditions are bad, but what's your alternative? If we don't allow poor African families to have their 13-14 year olds working, how do they get richer? To put things into perspective, the standard school leaving age in 1940 in the UK was 12, because those people couldn't afford to keep their kids after that. That created wealth, that made people richer and allowed their leaving age to rise some more.

Is the Cote d'Ivoire more or less advanced than Britain in the 1940s? Well, Britain had slightly less of the economy based on agriculture then than the Cote d'Ivoire does now.

And while it would be nice for people to pay more and buy good chocolate, that depends on people choosing to be generous, which many aren't.
 
2013-03-30 03:01:59 PM  
I'm really looking forward to eating some hard boiled eggs and hot boxing my girlfriend with some sulfur goodness
 
2013-03-30 03:08:07 PM  
marciaarichards.com
Kids make chocolate?  I'm okay with that.
 
2013-03-30 03:54:47 PM  

Fissile: Those kids are heathens, living in heathen countries.  They are all going to hell anyway.....I mean those places are so backward, they don't even have NASCAR.


Or trailer parks.
 
2013-03-30 04:04:51 PM  
In the case of mass-produced products I usually assume that they were made by labor that's exploited as badly as the people allow. If I'm informed that a product was made by unfree or disproportionately exploited labor I won't buy it, but somebody has to bring it to my attention.

Partial measures like botcotts might help, but for a boycott to work it must be BIG AND LOUD, and there must be obvious alternatives: "X chocolate bunnies are made by slaves; buy Y chocoiate bunnies instead."  We can also support their efforts at political, social and economic reform to whatever degree we can, and offer anarchist communism as a permanent solution.

Failing all that NATO can liberate the country and give them kinder, gentler exploitation. The problem is the only permanent way to get rid of slavery is to get rid of all the slaveowners and, one way or another, get rid of the slaves. If people keep putting up with it year after after year and make no effort to resist and rise up, despite encouragement and support, the most prudent choice is to shake our heads because they must like being treated that, unless our interest is better served by couquest and reforms such as feeding them more, beating them less, and handing out free Prozac. Perhaps, eventualy, they'll learn more self-respect. (I'd rather die than be enslaved, but then I'm weird.)

Of course we could solve it all at once by bombing the whole place into a less troublesome ruin, perhaps with nukes. No live people = no slave problem.
 
2013-03-30 04:58:23 PM  

TV's Vinnie: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]
(The school psychologist) gives me a chocolate Easter bunny. And this shows how tricky those guys are. I eat the chocolate and I think, wait a second... this isn't around Easter.

"Was this a test?"

He said, "Yes."

"And what does it mean?"

He said, "Well, had you eaten the ears first you would have been normal; had you eaten the feet first you would have had an inferiority complex; had you eaten the tail first you would have had latent homosexual tendencies; and had you eaten the breasts first you would have had a latent oedipal complex."

I said, "Well, go on. What does it mean when you bite out the eyes and scream, 'Stop staring at me!'?'"

He says, "It shows you've a tendency towards self-destruction."

I said, "What do you recommend?"

He says, "Go for it!"


My favorite comedian.
 
2013-03-30 05:00:32 PM  
Compliments, they do great work
 
2013-03-30 05:38:47 PM  
www.michellehenry.fr
 
2013-03-30 05:47:44 PM  

LavenderWolf: You know, I'd almost think you're smoking the best weed on the planet, considering how you connect completely tangential things to your pet issue.


But thinking that a glue gun on a stepper motor will revolutionize manufacturing is a brilliant deduction, right? So if 3D printing is this great game changer, well, why are things still made the old way?

Smoke that, nerd.
 
2013-03-30 07:04:25 PM  

farkeruk: WhippingBoy: Good point. In all likelihood, the cheaper chocolate was probably ethically obtained, whereas the more expensive chocolate used by local artisan chocolatiers was likely bought with children's tears.

One of the greatest myths that is perpetuated by greens/socialists is that big corporations are the problem. In reality, corporations want to avoid bad PR stories. So, they employ people to monitor their supply chains. Small chocolatiers? They don't operate at the scale. It's far more likely that a middleman could slip some "blood chocolate" to them without them noticing.


If you read the article, it calls out the 'small chocolatiers' who buy cocoa from Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire by name, such as Nestle and Mars, while citing a study by well-known socialist University of Tulane.
 
2013-03-30 07:09:00 PM  
Ok I know a lot about this one, recently I read Charlie and the Chocolate factory in the book the Oompah loompahs were dressed in animal skins. Then in the movie they have white overalls, I take that as a sign that conditions are defiantly improving. Possibly they've unionized
 
2013-03-30 07:23:51 PM  

bwaycool: Ok I know a lot about this one, recently I read Charlie and the Chocolate factory in the book the Oompah loompahs were dressed in animal skins. Then in the movie they have white overalls, I take that as a sign that conditions are defiantly improving. Possibly they've unionized


I remember both of the movies, but nothing about them struck me as being defiant.
 
2013-03-30 07:26:25 PM  

cyberspacedout: bwaycool: Ok I know a lot about this one, recently I read Charlie and the Chocolate factory in the book the Oompah loompahs were dressed in animal skins. Then in the movie they have white overalls, I take that as a sign that conditions are defiantly improving. Possibly they've unionized

I remember both of the movies, but nothing about them struck me as being defiant.


Those mocking little songs were very defiant, judgmental little fellows they are.
 
2013-03-30 07:47:27 PM  

ijit: Years ago some farker posted an image of a Chinese worker making chocolate Easter bunnies. The caption said something like "Stay away from chocolate bunnies made in China". The image showed that the bunnies were originally small dogs that were then smothered in chocolate. It was hilarious and I have been searching the Internets to find it. Does anyone have it and can you post it please?


No one‽ No one has this image saved somewhere deep in the recesses of their hard drive?
 
2013-03-30 08:02:10 PM  
The article talks about "avoiding the soul-crushing despair you'll feel if you find out mid bunny that your chocolate was produced with the help of slave children."  Really? I've been saying "Smash capitalism!" for 36 years and have always done as little to "contribute to society" as possible, so my conscience is pretty clear on that score: they're not my slaves and I won't carry their owners' guilt. Furthermore I don't even eat much chocolate because I'm trying to stay merely overweight as opposed to morbidly obese.

Which is not to say that I've never intentionally and directly done some pretty bad things, only that to guilt-trip me they'll have to guilt-trip ME.

Stupid liberals. Sheesh.
 
2013-03-30 09:36:43 PM  
pjmedia.com
Can we ship them some entitled snowflakes to bolster production?
 
2013-03-30 09:57:19 PM  
The tears and sweat make them extra rich with just a little bit of bite.
 
2013-03-30 10:03:50 PM  
Well I find that the tears of child slaves make it sweeter. Its even better if its an orphan child.
 
2013-03-31 12:27:15 AM  
a shiat-ton of them are actually manufactured in canada by robotic systems
 
2013-03-31 01:10:51 AM  

Yamaneko2: "Slave labor" in the production of chocolate is honest-to-goodness slave labor, complete with near-starvation and beatings. The children cannot escape. As dire as conditions are in a Bangladeshi sweat shop, people have the right to stop working there if another factory opens with marginally better conditions. Compared to Bangladesh, China and Mexico offer exceptional working conditons and wages (which are crappy and enforced by thuggish governments and corrupt "unions".


Well, I certainly wouldn't support a business that cuts corners!


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