I have only eated Fair Trade chocolate for a long time now, aware of the slave trade in the industry, but last night I discovered that some of these firms work with companies with a dubious record to say the least. Is it enough to bring out one brand of chocolate labelled Fair Trade - and possible keep it fair trade with tight regulations - while the rest of your company or associates are using child slave trade chocolate.
One argument of course is that by voting with our purses and buying their Fair Trade they will eventually see economic sense at least if not ethical sense, move all their chocolate over to Fair Trade. Another is that at least some very poor communities are getting the benifit of the extra cash and welfare.
The other side of the argument is that we are tainted by association - nasty thought that. That we, by eating chocolate at all, encourage the trafficking of these children.
With Easter fast approaching I am sure it is a question many people may well shelve for a while. It is of course not just about chocolate, the sugar trade has pockets of slavery, cheap food quite often comes at a bad price for so many reasons. Chocolate, a luxury just seems to sum it all up.
when our politicians apologise for the slave trade are they talking about the past or the present I wonder.