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But this Halloween season has brought a wave of articles about chocolate candy that make clear just how detrimental our annual tradition of burying kids in candy can be, not only for these kids' dental and bodily health, but for the health of kids who are making this chocolate, whether in cacao plantations or factories.
Here are just a few of those articles that are worth checking out:
- Child Slaves Made Your Halloween Candy. Stop Buying It, from Good
- Halloween candy is a human rights nightmare, from Grist
- Hershey Exchange Student Warnings Were Ignored, from the New York Times
- this article is particularly surprising and unsettling, because it describes how foreign exchange students who paid up to $6,000 to come to the U.S. for a summer program were put to work in Hershey factories with little pay and awful work.
- "Many students who were placed at the packing plant found themselves working grueling night shifts on speeding production lines, repeatedly lifting boxes weighing as much as 60 pounds and financially drained by low pay and unexpected extra costs for housing and transportation. Their complaints to the contractor running the program on behalf of the State Department were met with threats that they could be sent home."
- But also, why does this one surprise me more than the first article about child slave labor in the Ivory Coast and other African countries? Why is it more "acceptable" in those places?
But so as not to kill all the tangible joy, here are some possible alternatives for our Halloween season: