Buy FairTrade chocolate

Editor of the Reformer:

I am writing this letter because in my social studies class at Brattleboro Area Middle School we learned that chocolate companies like Nestle, Mars, Hershey's and others are using child labor to collect the cocoa pods that they use for making candy bars. Also, they are exposed to dangerous conditions like using a machete to cut off the cocoa pods from the cacao trees and using dangerous chemicals without wearing the proper clothing. Children are being illegally trafficked from their homes in Burkina Faso to the cocoa farms in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. Children don't get to go to school or see their families for many years. One possible action is that people can take to help stop child labor are make sure they only buy chocolate that has the FairTrade label on it. The FairTrade label means that the company is trying to make sure that they are not using child labor cocoa. They could also research where you are getting your chocolate and other food from.

Amelia Harrison, Brattleboro, March 14