Miki Mistrati (@MrMistrati) is the award-winning director of three international documentaries exposing brutal trafficking and illegal child labor in the multi-billion dollar chocolate industry: The Chocolate War, The Shady Chocolate Business, and The Dark Side of Chocolate.
What We Discuss with Miki Mistrati:
- How human trafficking, child slavery, and inhumane treatment likely contribute to the production of your favorite chocolate products.
- Why, nearly two decades after pledging to eradicate child labor, major chocolate companies still cannot identify the farms where all their cocoa comes from, let alone if child labor was used in producing it.
- How the biggest chocolate companies wield their billions of dollars in profits to keep legislation that would hold them accountable at bay.
- What we, as consumers, can do to effectively censure these companies and help the people they exploit.
- How to ensure the chocolate we enjoy is ethically and sustainably sourced.
- And much more…
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Served hot or cold, as a liquid or solid, chocolate is a beloved treat consumed worldwide at a rate of about three million tons — to the tune of about $50 billion — per year, and the appetite for this delicacy continues to grow. If only it were as easily sourced as a dip in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, this could be a heartwarming episode to share with you, our gentle listeners, just in time for the holidays.
Alas, if you’re a long-time listener, you’ve probably sensed a sinister twist lurking just around the corner — and we wish we could disappoint you just this once. On this episode, we’re joined by Miki Mistrati, the award-winning director of three international documentaries exposing brutal trafficking, illegal child labor, and inhumane conditions that keep this multi-billion dollar chocolate industry in business: The Chocolate War, The Shady Chocolate Business, and The Dark Side of Chocolate. Here, Miki details how cocoa continues to be harvested by child slaves on a massive scale in spite of decades-old promises by the biggest names in the industry to put a stop to the practice, who these big names are, ways we can hold these deep-pocketed behemoths accountable, what we can do to help the people being exploited, how we can ensure the chocolate we enjoy comes from ethically sourced alternatives.
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Resources from This Episode:
- Miki Mistrati | Twitter
- Miki Mistrati | Instagram
- Miki Mistrati | LinkedIn
- Miki Mistrati | IMDb
- Slave Free Chocolate
- Cadbury Exposed: Dispatches | All 4
- The Chocolate War (2022)
- The Shady Chocolate Business (2012)
- The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010)
- Cadbury Faces Fresh Accusations of Child Labour on Cocoa Farms in Ghana | The Guardian
- Mondelēz Extends Cocoa Life Program to 2030 | Candy Industry | Candy Industry
- ‘The Chocolate War’ Pits Human Rights Lawyer Against Corporate America | Variety
- EU Aims to Ban Products, Imports Made With Forced Labour | Reuters
- Supreme Court Says Chocolate Companies Cannot Be Sued Over Child Slavery on African Cocoa Farms | The Washington Post
- Child Labor on the Rise in Cocoa Industry Despite Years of Company Promises to Stop It, Report Finds | The Washington Post
- Hershey, Nestle, and Mars Broke Their Pledges to End Child Labor in Chocolate Production | Washington Post
- Spencer Roberts | The Dirty Truth About Corporate Greenwashing | Jordan Harbinger
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