Chocolate: A Crisis of Capitalism
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For decades, Nestle has been cited again and again for human rights abuses and environmental devastation caused by its supply chains. Despite that, they still manage to make all kinds of ethical claims that would have you believe otherwise. At one point, Nestle even held fair trade certification on its U.K. KitKat bar. Then in 2020, they dropped the certification and plunged thousands of small-scale cocoa and sugar farmers into economic uncertainty.

In this episode, we speak with Fortin Bley, President of the Ivorian Fair Trade Network (RICE), the farmer organization which once supplied Nestle with their fair trade cocoa, and RICE Coordinator, Franck Koman. We’ll also hear from Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love. Together, we’ll find out how Nestle’s decision is impacting small-scale cocoa farmers and the chocolate industry as a whole. And we'll learn what we can all do to support a truly fair future for the world’s cocoa farmers.

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