World Product Research: Cocoa

In Social Studies 10-1 we researched certain products and explored how globalization correlates with the specific product. For my project, I chose to research cocoa. Most cocoa is usually grown on small family farms. They start out as pods, with many beans within them. They are then harvested and undergo a process to prepare them for sale. Harvesting takes plenty of time and effort, as they must do everything precisely to not damage the cocoa beans. They are then shipped to America or Europe to be processed into things such as chocolate bars.

However, with growing demand for chocolate means a growing demand for cocoa. Unfortunately, companies are paying their workers an average of two dollars a day, and have turned to child labour to keep their prices high. It is especially dangerous for children in this environment as workers are typically using machetes to cut product and are spraying toxins without proper protection. They have no safe environment or proper education. There have also been cases where people are being not being paid at all. Consumers can look for the fair trade symbol on their products and research online to avoid contributing.