The Dark Side of the Chocolate Bunny. {Infographic} ~ Walden Hyde

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on Mar 22, 2013
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All Hopped Up on Chocolate

“In our country there was no tradition of fermenting cocoa. With Fair trade income we were able to implement a fermentation program to improve the quality of our cocoa and to convert our production to certified organic.”

~ Isidoro de la Rosa, Executive Director of CONACADO cocoa cooperative, Dominican Republic

This Easter, Americans will chomp the ears off of a lot of chocolate bunnies—about 90 million, in fact!

Like much of the chocolate sold in the United States, those bunnies have a dark side. Child and slave labor are common practices on the cacao plantations that supply the world’s major chocolate producers. Choose the best bunnies by buying only Certified Fair Trade chocolate this year.


Chocolate Easter

walden hydeWalden Hyde integrates sustainability into brands and drives behavior change through research, strategy and uncommon creative campaigns. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Walden Hyde is made up of anthropologists, storytellers, sustainability experts and designers.

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6 Responses to “The Dark Side of the Chocolate Bunny. {Infographic} ~ Walden Hyde”

  1. MyShakyBodhi says:

    Haven't bought the Easter chockies yet. Any recommendations re: most delicious CFT chocolate?

  2. fairtradewinds says:

    Thanks for the great infographic! Do you have a link to the "recent CNN report" about the lack of fair trade progress so far in the chocolate industry?

  3. sara says:

    Theo has a good fair trade line. There is a lot of information on the lack of fair trade in the industry, but, over the last few years, the practice of fair trade has increased steadily.

  4. AndrewPaciocco says:

    Theo makes some great chocolates! Chili Dark will spice up a day (:

  5. David says:

    I had never thought about chocolate and child labor practices. Yikes!! I consume all aweful lot of chocolate.

  6. MeShell says:

    I think this is the best resource for truly cruelty free chocolate – You can see the Chocolate list at the Food Empowerment Project here: