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THE CASE FOR BUYING ETHICAL CHOCOLATE THIS CHRISTMAS (AND BEYOND)

A few months ago, there was a report in The Guardian that would have left a harsh taste in the mouth of many a chocolate lover – as it did mine. It looks as though our insatiable hunger for the sweet stuff has led to the illegal deforestation of West Africa’s Ivory Coast. The damage is so bad that only 20 per cent of the rainforest in the area remains; and dirty cocoa has spread so far, it’s mixed in with the clean cocoa of the area that makes up 40 per cent of the world supply. You won’t have to look hard to find it. According to the report, the big brands “could all be tainted”.