Cocoa International Blog

California-Based Organicares Creates Enthusiasm for Nugtella Edible

Recent interest in medical marijuana has brought much attention to companies that distribute and sell cannabis for medicinal purposes. Organicares is one of those emerging companies whose product, Nugtella, is gaining popularity with consumers, or patients. Much like the famous Nutella spread, Nugtella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread, but it is with hash oil. According to Medical […]

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Working Conditions

West Africa has been a source of cocoa farming for centuries, especially once chocolate became a widespread food desired in multiple countries including the U.S. Despite the fact that West Africa dominates almost two-thirds of the cocoa production today the region’s farmers barely making a living from the trade and often use child labor to […]

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Labeling Effectiveness

A quick solution to encouraging industry labor ethics in chocolate often includes some sort of labeling proposal on chocolate products, the idea being that receiving a bad label will hurt sales and force producers to improve their production methods to keep customers. While this idea may seem useful in concept, in practice labeling has a […]

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Cocoa Litigation at Home

Corporations often utilize operations overseas to take advantage of far more flexible rules and laws in other countries as well as cheaper costs of production. Cocoa and chocolate production are no exception to this business practice. Chocolate makers have long used suppliers from West Africa to source raw cocoa, the main ingredient of chocolate products […]

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What Can a Consumer Do About Chocolate Child Labor?

With the violations of the cocoa industry predominantly in West Africa and feeling like half a world away, the average consumer can’t be blamed for asking what can he possibly do to affect the situation. However, Americans have often made their interests known in a number of ways when organizing at the grassroots level, and […]

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Slavery is Alive and Well

The mention of slavery often brings up a chapter in U.S. history that ultimately ended with the country’s civil war. However, real slavery still exists and Americans benefit from the fruit of its labor almost every day when they a chocolate bar. The fact is, much of the world’s chocolate is dependent on the cocoa […]

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U.S. Government Efforts

The U.S. federal government can’t be accused of ignoring the child labor issue of the West African cocoa industry. Through the Department of Labor the federal government has been operating a $10 million program aimed at reducing the use of child labor in West Africa. The government’s program estimates based on research that hundreds of […]

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