(WKOW) — World Chocolate Day is just around the corner, July 7. Most of us adore the creamy candy, but do you know where it comes from?
Kyle Freund, a spokesperson for Fairtrade America, says the majority of the our chocolate comes from cacao beans grown in the Ivory Coast, where poverty is prevalent.
"2.1 million children are engaged in exploitative and sometimes forced labor in Ghana and the Ivory Coast alone as families struggle to make a meager income," said Freund.
Fairtrade America says consumers can change things by being more educated about where our chocolate comes from.
Monday on Wake Up Wisconsin, Freund showed the crew some chocolates that make sure farmers are paid better. The treats can be purchased locally at places like Willy Street Co-op, Festival Foods, Whole Foods and more.
To see the list of recommended chocolates or to learn more about Fairtrade America, click HERE.