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 at the back of the candy photo is an extended heritage 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 tension of feeding the world’s urge for food for chocolate.
Carol Off strains the origins of the cocoa craze and follows chocolate’s evolution below 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 battle and corruption, desperately terrible farmers have interaction in appalling practices equivalent to the indentured servitude of younger boys – kids who don’t even understand 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 greenback that has institutionalized distress because it served our pleasures.
From the Hardcover edition.
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