By Carol Off
Whether it’s a part of a Hallowe’en haul, the contents of a heart-shaped field or simply a sweet bar stashed in a table drawer, chocolate is synonymous with pleasures either uncomplicated and lavish. yet in the back of the candy snapshot is a protracted background of exploitation. within the eighteenth century the eu aristocracy went wild for the Aztec delicacy. In later years, colonial territories have been ravaged and slaves imported in droves as local populations died out lower than the stress of feeding the world’s urge for food for chocolate.
Carol Off lines the origins of the cocoa craze and follows chocolate’s evolution lower than such overseers as Hershey, Cadbury and Mars. In Côte d’Ivoire, the West African state that produces approximately half the world’s cocoa beans, she follows a gloomy and hazardous seam of greed. opposed to a backdrop of civil warfare and corruption, desperately terrible farmers have interaction in appalling practices akin to the indentured servitude of younger boys – childrens who don’t even recognize what chocolate tastes like.
Off exhibits that, with the complicity of Western governments and companies, unethical practices proceed to thrive. Bitter Chocolate is a social heritage, a passionate investigative account and an eye-opening exposé of the workings of a multi-billion buck that has institutionalized distress because it served our pleasures.
From the Hardcover edition.
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