The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010)(Economics)

Chocolate. You love it, or you like it. Those who claim to "hate" chocolate are subjected to more than their fair share of incredulous mugging and accusations of categorical insanity from the individual on the receiving end of such a revelation. A recent editorial in an entirely forgettable food-related blog centered around this topic--the foodie who just hates chocolate, and, really, stop picking on her, because what can she do?--and the few of us who deigned to scan the contents were convinced this was entirely fictitious; a controversy generated to cause much consternation among those dedicated epicures who can use the adjective umami in their overwrought descriptions without a granule of irony. Chocolate is often the only answer available when God and sex both fail to make an appearance in our barbaric lives, and to "hate" chocolate is, really, to be a hubristic bore. Simple.

Where were we?

Some of us at AltDoc were sitting around this past Easter, debating whether or not to watch another televised round of histrionic animated bunnies delivering eggs to rapacious, grubby-handed children, when we came across this startling little film about how, and why, everyone can afford so much candy at this time of year in the first place. After all, Easter brings forth the finest seasonal confections of the entire year, far surpassing Christmas and all its fumbling frippery and fetter. Apparently--at least, according to this documentary--it would seem that there are no grand magical chocolate fountains in Europe or Mexico spewing forth the sweet, rich treat for all to enjoy...only real-life cocoa plantations, where the people employed there gather enough beans to accommodate our libido for this internationally-devoured delight.

And who benefits from their labours? Well, before you say "we all do", first there come the corporations...as they always do...

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